I am freaking out. I was using safari on my iPad and then a suspicious pop up appeared saying that I have violated child pornography and copyright laws. It had my ip address and location. It locked me out of Safari and asked me to pay a fine of 500$ with Paypal My Cash Card within 72 hours or all my apps, photos, games, etc would be deleted and my Apple ID will be blocked forever. It really caught my attention and made me very nervous and anxious. Is it a scam? I tried exiting safari and even turning the phone off, but every time I went back onto safari, that message popped back up. How do I get rid of it from my iPad for good?
A new variant of mobile device fraud has been discovered which blocks mobile users from accessing Internet and demands a fine of $500 through Paypal My Cash Card. This is another Ransomware that can be installed on both computers and mobile devices, without asking for any permission. Ransomware has been around for several years, but now it doesn’t just impact home computers. The hackers have turned their eyes on the growing mobile markets, aiming to steal as much money as possible from mobile phone users. So this virus is able to affect all iOS device: iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s plus and iPad mini/iPad air/iPad pro. The bad crooks also design many different variants aiming to attack Apple users in different countries, including United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United kingdom, Germany, Ireland, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium, Denmark, Greece and other Europe countries:
Some of the variants are called:
The Federal Bureau of Investigation Virus (FBI)
The Australian Federal Police Virus (AFP)
Police Central e-Crime Unit Virus (PCEU)
The U.S. Department of Justice Virus (DOJ)
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Virus (RCMP)
Canadian Security Intelligence Service Virus (CSIS)
International Cyber Security Protection Alliance Virus (ICSPA)
Generally speaking, Paypal My Cash Card scam is typically spread through phishing emails that contain malicious attachments and drive-by downloading. Drive-by downloading occurs when a user unknowingly visits an infected website and this malware is downloaded and installed without their knowledge. This attack also targets someone visiting online porn or illegal file sharing sites too. Once downloaded, it freezes your Internet with a fake police warning and blocks you out of your web browser (Safari or Chrome). It falsely informs users that their online activities are suspected of law-breaking, including viewing/storage and/or dissemination of banned pornography, violation of “Copyright and Related rights Law” and other violations. It demands users to pay a fine of $500 Paypal My Cash Card in 3 days or they will be accused, also data in your phone will be deleted and all their “illegal activities” will be sent to their contacts as witnesses of their crimes. A lot of people get freaked out and they may consider that this Paypal My Cash Card Virus warning message is real since they can not seem to get rid of it from the web browser. Or they believe that their iPhone or iPad is infected with some sort of virus or malware and start to panic. They can hardly distinguish if this warning is real or fake at all as the page looks real legit with police logo and laws listed on the page. It also displays user’s IP address, location and operating system on its fraudulent page:
“Earlier today I went to a Web site I should not have gone to on my iPad and then I saw a message saying that: “ATTENTION! Your mobile device has been blocked up for safety reasons. AUDIO AND VIDEO RECORDING IN PROGRESS. Amount of fine is 500$. You could buy Paypal My Cash card at many places: Walgreens, CVS, Fred’s, 7-Eleven, Family Dollar, Rite Aid. TYPE YOUR CODE ($500 PAYPAL MY CASH CARD). And Press ‘OK’.” I clicked OK on that, it just keeps repeating the same screen. Rebooting does not cure the problem. I am unable to access the Internet on my iPad. Is that real or just a scam? I had always thought that Apple products could not be infected by viruses. How do I get rid of the message? Do I really need to pay $500 fine? Please help!”
Don’t fall prey to this Paypal My Cash Card scam. Those bad crooks abuse the authority to threaten victims that they have done something illegal on their Apple devices and they make the victim think that police will come after them if they don’t pay the so called fine on the warning page. However, you should not believe it and not pay a single dollar for those cyber criminals. You are not guilty for anything, they are only looking to make some money from the unwary users. No legal institution would ever send you a warning like this to your iPhone or iPad even though you are guilty. And they won’t collect fines through a prepaid card system like Paypal My Cash Card, Paysafecard, Greendot moneypak card or Ukash. It is just some kind of malware that should be removed instantly.
We used to think that Apple iOS gadgets were pretty immune to viruses and malware. Sadly, over the past year hackers have turned their attention to our mobile gear. Usually, the installation of Paypal My Cash Card Virus can be completed in a short time and then it pops up immediately to lock your iphone or ipad without signs if you visit a phishing site, open a junk e-mail attachment, click on an unknown link or download an application from an unsafe source. You will be easily get infected by this virus after you jailbreak your device.
It will take control of your mobile phone rapidly once it is downloaded.
It will pretend itself as a legit warning and then ask for a ransom.
It will not allow you to change your phone settings or open Apple Store to download antivirus program.
It will not let you close Safari or Chrome except for inputting the Paypal My Cash Card code.
1. “Paypal My Cash Card” scam can attack smartphones running with Android or Mac OS X system.
2. Don’t pay for anything or provide your personal information to this hoax, it won’t help lock out of the fake police virus warning but just waste your money.
3. Currently antivirus app is not able to detect or remove this malware, and there is not an app can prevent the virus from attacking the mobile device again.
Paypal My Cash Card scam acts like a hijacker when it is running on Apple system that can block user’s Internet access and prevent them from going online properly. Unfortunately no anti-malware apps can delete this malware so far and the virus won’t go away unless you have removed all its components step by step. Even in some cases it may disappear itself for a while to let you get Internet access back, but your device is still unsafe. It is still a threat for your privacy. To completely get this off iPhone or iPad, you can contact YooCare PC experts 24/7 online for help right now.
Published by & last updated on March 23, 2016 2:42 am
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