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Is this spam or legit?


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#1 FreddieLizard

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Posted 22 May 2015 - 02:17 PM

Today when using the internet on my phone, I got a pop-up message saying that I had accessed child pornography (which I was not viewing, never have done and never will!) and it asked me if I wanted to reload a page. It had the United Nations logo in the background and outlined the legal aspects of this in the UK, ie fines and prison sentences. Obviously I kept selecting "Don't reload" but it kept coming up. I don't know if this is fake or real, and that if it is real, I was being redirected to a website with that sort of content on it. I've done a scan on my phone and nothing's come up so I don't know what's going on! I'm really worried about this and don't know what to do.


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#2 ransomwolf

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Posted 22 May 2015 - 02:50 PM

It's completely fake. It's probably ransomware:

Ransomware is a type of malware which restricts access to the computer system that it infects, and demands a ransom paid to the creator(s) of the malware in order for the restriction to be removed.

 

Could you provide a screenshot of that pop-up message?

 

Though I don't know much about android security and malware, there are lots of free antivirus apps in GooglePlay, like Avast, AVG, McAfee... you could try scanning with several of those apps until something is detected.

But maybe wait for someone who knows more about this than me to reply.

 

Just chill out, you're safe, the messages are fake. :)

Accusations of stuff like child porn and copyright infringements are really common in ransomwares.


Edited by ransomwolf, 22 May 2015 - 02:52 PM.


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Posted 22 May 2015 - 03:05 PM

Okay, I'll install more antivirus and see if anything comes up. My music player did start by itself so perhaps it was malware. To be honest I'm more worried if it's real and I'm being watched or something. It was very detailed about all the legal stuff. Although, I do know that just because something doesn't look genuine, it doesn't mean that it is. Cheers.



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Posted 22 May 2015 - 03:22 PM

Okay, I'll install more antivirus and see if anything comes up. My music player did start by itself so perhaps it was malware. To be honest I'm more worried if it's real and I'm being watched or something. It was very detailed about all the legal stuff. Although, I do know that just because something doesn't look genuine, it doesn't mean that it is. Cheers.

 

Well, the only way they can get you to pay them money is if you believe it's true, so they must be convincing.

Search google images for "ransomware". You'll see numerous examples of interpol/United nations/FBI/whatever ransomware that seems very detailed:

 

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It even has detailed child porn accusations, which is what you're experiencing! And it's fake, of course.

 

Let us now if you find anything.

 

Edit: oh, and can you screenshot the popup you're getting and post it here?


Edited by ransomwolf, 22 May 2015 - 03:23 PM.


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Posted 22 May 2015 - 04:41 PM

Unfortunately I can't get a screenshot. I can't remember the site I was on when it happened. (PS, FreddieLizard and StarTRex are the same. I forgot my password for the first one and a reset email was nowhere to be found in my emails XD)



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Posted 22 May 2015 - 04:42 PM

Plus, it wasn't asking for money, rather, informing that a fine could arise if you view that sort of content. So that's worrying.



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Posted 22 May 2015 - 04:49 PM

Unfortunately I can't get a screenshot. I can't remember the site I was on when it happened. (PS, FreddieLizard and StarTRex are the same. I forgot my password for the first one and a reset email was nowhere to be found in my emails XD)

Plus, it wasn't asking for money, rather, informing that a fine could arise if you view that sort of content. So that's worrying.

 

Weird that it wasn't asking for money. But I'm still pretty sure it was some scam.
Would be great if you remembered the site, as we could then see what it's all about.

 

But well, if it doesn't happen again, I'd say you're in the clear :)



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Posted 22 May 2015 - 06:37 PM

With these types of FBI, Homeland Security, DOJ, and Interpol infections, a lock screen is typically presented when starting your computer that requires you to pay a ransom before allowing access. I havn't heard of that happening on a smartphone. It most likely was just a pop-up message as you described rather than a real infection.
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