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Connecticut A.G. Warns Of FBI Child Porn E-Mail Scam

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HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) - Internet scams are getting more and more sophisticated and Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen says the latest one is a real beaut.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau On The Story

In your inbox, you might find an e-mail purportedly from the FBI, saying that child pornography has been found on your computer.

“If you make the mistake of clicking and opening it up, a virus is released on your computer and locks up you computer and the only way to unlock it is to pay a so-called ‘fine’ to the FBI,” Jepsen told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.

That “fine” is $200.

“Of course, it’s all bogus,” Jepsen said.

He said a few people in Connecticut have been taken in by the scam.

Jepsen said that if you fall victim to it, you’re not only out money, but the virus also seeks to get other personal information from your computer.

If you see the e-mail in your inbox, don’t open it. Just delete it.