My iPad was infected with usmarshals service scam which locked my Safari browser and I really need help to get rid of it. Yesterday I was browsing on the web and suddenly a message came up saying that my phone has been blocked for viewing child pornography contents and violating copyright and related right laws and it asked me to pay $300 through myvanilla card or something like that which i can buy at a local cvs store to unlock my phone. It said if I did not pay the fine it would contact all of my contacts in the address book about the situation and start an investigation immediately. I didn’t do anything wrong though but this message really freaked me out. I searched online and found many people had the same problem, they said it was a scam. So i won’t get any trouble? The virus now crashed my safari app so I cannot access to the Internet. What should I do?
Usmarshals Service Scam (as known as U.S. Marshals Warning or usmarshals.gov popup virus) is a form of malware and we usually call it “Ransomware” infection because it works by either holding your entire photo hostage or by blocking access to the Internet and stopping users from going online. It usually installs on Apple devices (including ipad, ipod, iphone) by clicking pop-up ads, opening malicious links or visiting porno sites. Even when you connect your device to untrusted Wi-Fi hotspots in places like coffee shops, public libraries, airports, you can be the victim of this scam. Once the US marshal virus is installed, it attempts to lock the web browser. It poses as an official notice from a law enforcement agency, and then claims that the victim’s device has been detected to visit illegal websites. Also it listed fines and penalties for each and directed infected users to pay a fine through MyVanilla Prepaid Card. It says if a fine is not paid in 72 hours, it will delete everything on the device, block Apple ID forever and contacts your friends and even start an investigation immediately.
“I got the usmarshals service scam after clicking on a advertised porn site( I know it is a bad habit and I’ve been trying to break it) and a popup came up on Safari and said I had to pay a $300 fee via myvanilla card, either pay or be arrested within 24rs. I was panicked and kept hitting cancel but the page didn’t go away. I went to settings and tried to upgrade the system to ios 9.3.2, but it didn’t help at all. Whenever I opened Safari, usmarshals.gov pop-up appeared immediately. What should I do? Will I be in trouble if I just leave the message on my phone? Will the police come to my house and arrest me? I felt so depressed thinking about it the whole time. Please help me get rid of this warning from my iPhone. Thanks in advance.”
Complaints from victims who got infected by usmarshals service scam are on the rise. It locks users out of Safari or Chrome browser, and demands a fine should be paid via Vanilla Reload or else the phone will be blocked forever and the device owner can be sent to jail. Those scammers are good at using scare tactic to fool people and they are exploiting preloaded debit cards to steal as much money as possible from consumers. It says you need to pay $300 or more through myvanilla card which you can purchase at a store like Kmart, CVS, Walmart, or Walgreens. It even lists your IP address, location and user name to mislead you into thinking this is a real warning sent by U.S. Marshals. Of course, it’s very likely that you did not visit porno websites or view any child abuse material before but your iPhone/ipad still gets blocked. That is just a fake warning used by the fraudsters to trick you into taking the warning seriously. It is really a pain if your device is blocked usmarshals service scam. Although paying that fine looks like the only solution, nothing changes even after making the money transfer. This scam is designed to extort money from inexperienced users so it has to be deleted as soon as it is found.
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 Usmarshals Service Scam 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 block your Internet access once it is downloaded.
It will pretend itself as a legitimate warning from US Police and then ask for a ransom.
It will not let you close Safari or Chrome.
It can block all types of antivirus apps.
1. Data:text:html US Police pop up can run on iPhone, iPad, iPod or other Apple devices.
2. Don’t pay for anything or provide your personal information to this hoax, it won’t help unlock Safari/Chrome, but just waste your money.
3. Currently antivirus apps are unable to detect or remove this malware.
4. No apps can prevent the virus from attacking Apple devices.
Since viruses are quite inevitable, there are some tips you can avoid being infected with Data:text:html US Police Virus Message in the future:
1. Be careful of downloading applications in the internet because many of them are just cloned applications. Visit legitimate app stores like Apple Store because it filters out the reliable application from what’s not reliable. Most viruses are from gaming and anti-virus applications which are forged. Before downloading an application, try to read some customer reviews so that you will be assured that it is truly a trusted app. Stick with apps from App Store and don’t jailbreak your device and install apps from third-parties.
2. Be cautious at opening attachments thru MMS, SMS messages and e-mails because you might open an unknown attachment from unknown sender. Never open any attachments which are suspicious to you.
3. Don’t open your Bluetooth connection when not in need. It would be easy for the virus to go inside the phone’s application and destroy the phone’s performance.
4. Read the permissions. Every app you install has to declare its permissions, meaning the app lists what it will have access to on your phone. Don’t just click OK without reading what the app will do.
Published by & last updated on August 21, 2016 3:27 pm