Published: Sep 27, 2012 3:34 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 27, 2012 3:39 PM EDT

PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office Computer Crimes Unit is warning computer internet users about an “FBI Computer Virus.”

The CCSO has received about a dozen calls so far about receiving an email sent by the FBI. A nasty computer virus is infecting computers and scaring people into believing the FBI has taken control of their computer because they have done something illegal on the internet. The crimes listed in the email range from viewing and downloading child porn to downloading illegal music.

This virus is being called the “FBI MoneypackVirus” or a “Ransomware” type virus. The user is then lead to believe that control of their computer can be returned to them once they pay the FBI $200. The FBI logo is used to try and convince the user/victim that it is a legitimate message, but, it is not.

CCSO Computer Crimes Unit’s Detective Keith Depersia said, “Do not pay it. This is a virus and the computer will be useless until you use an anti-virus program to remove the program. If you get this fake FBI email, do not open; delete it immediately.”