Now, there is a FBI warning on my Samsung Android phone. Can’t do anything with it, even restart or power off the phone. It is frightening. I have some issues to confirm. It says I have to pay a penalty of $500 dollars because of violating Law by watching illegal porn. Is it true? Should I pay the penalty? I didn’t do anything illegal. And I lock up my phone, is there any way to unlock it without paying $500 dollars?
When your device is locked up by the FBI prism warning, saying something like your device is locked because of watching or distributing illegal porn, and you have to pay a penalty of $500 dollars to unlock it, it signifies that the device has been hacked by a violent scam virus. The ransomware, which is called Fake FBI Prism Virus in the industry, is a piece of malware developed by cyber criminals to extort money from its victims. The virus is proved to be able to attack almost all devices running Android OS systems including phones/tablets of Samsung, LG, Motorola, HTC, Kindle Fire, ZTE, Huawei etc.. The Fake FBI Prism Virus is not new. As a matter of fact, the virus has developed greatly and there are many different variants prevailing across the world in different countries. The variants are slightly different in appearance and exactly the same in essence. All the variants disguise itself to be a powerful law enforcement agency to scare victims and drive them to pay an unreal penalty of a certain amount as fast as they can by accusing them of visiting illegal content like child porn on the internet. But the law enforcement agencies the virus pretends to be vary in different cases. For variants in America, the agency is usually the Federal Bureau of Investigation; while it can be the UK Justice or Metropolitan Police in United Kingdoms. The amount of the penalty is also different, it can range from 100 to 500 dollars or pounds or euros. Anyway, no matter what it claims to be, how serious the case looks, if you have done nothing wrong or illegal, there is no need for you to feel much too panic and end up paying the ransoms as it demands because all the story is just a nonsense. It is a trick that the hackers plays to squeeze money out of you. Actually, you can turn to an expert in this field to help you remove the virus and unlock the device at much lower cost.
AS A RESULT OF FULL SCANNING OF YOUR DEVICE, SOME SUSPICIOUS FILES HAVE BEEN FOUND AND YOUR ATTENDANCE OF THE FORBIDDEN PORNOGRAPHIC SITES HAS BEEN FIXED. FOR THIS REASON YOUR DEVICE HAS BEEN LOCKED.
FIRST OF ALL, FAMILIARISE WITH THE POSITIONS STATED IN SECTION “THE LEGAL BASIS OF VIOLATIONS”. ACCORDING TO THESE POSITIONS YOUR ACTIONS BEAR CRIMINAL CHARACTER, AND YOU ARE A CRIMINAL SUBJECT. THE PENALTY AS A BASE MEASURE OF PUNISHMENT ON YOU WHICH YOU ARE OBLIGED TO PAY IN A CURRENT OF THREE CALENDAR DAYS IS IMPOSED. THE SIZE OF THE PENALTY IS $500.00
ATTENTION! DISCONNECTION OR DISPOSAL OF THE DEVICE OR YOUR ATTEMPTS TO UNLOCK THE DEVICE INDEPENDENTLY WILL BE APPREHENDED AS UNAPPROVED ACTIONS INTERFERING THE EXECUTION OF THE LAW OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (READ SECTION 1509-OBSTRUCTION OF COURT ORDERS AND SECTION 1510-OBSTRUCTION OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS). IN THIS CASE AND IN CASE OF PENALTY NON-PAYMENT IN A CURRENT OF THREE CALENDAR DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS NOTIFICATION, THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF PENALTY WILL BE TRIPLED AND THE RESPECTIVE FINES WILL BE CHARGED TO THE OUTSTANDING PENALTY. IN CASE OF DISSENT WITH THE INDICTED PROSECUTION, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHALLENGE IT IN COURT.
Screenshots of Variants of the Ransomware
It will take control of your mobile phone or tablet 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 call, text or even access your home screen on the infected device.
It will not let you power off the device or do anything else except for inputting the demand Ukash/Moneypak code.
There are some most common ways in which a fake FBI scam virus usually distributes itself. So if you can have a closer study of the following knowledge, it is sure that your device will be able to avoid such an infection.
If you have a choice, never install a suspicious app on your device. It is known to many people that the freeware or shareware programs are the most common methods taken advantage by the hackers to spread a malicious program or all kinds of viruses.
Secondly, do not use your device to visit porn or gambling websites. According many victims of the fake FBI scam infection, their device is exposed to a porn site before the virus is found on the system. So it is believed that to stay away from the pornographic or gambling websites will help prevent the virus from infecting your device.
Finally, never open a spam email and download its attachments. Nowadays, many viruses use email to reach the victims. So when you receive an unknown email with a suspicious attachment, not be so curious as to open it and let the virus attached sneak into your system.
Once your phone or tablet is blocked by the FBI prism scam, you will have no access to its home screen. Thus, you need to bypass this FBI prism scam block and then you have the chance to locate the scam on your Android device. Here are some instructions on bypassing this FBI prism scam on your phone or tablet.
Step 1: Restart the safe mode on your infected phone or tablet.
For Samsung Galaxy S4: 1. Power down. 2. Turn on and repeatedly tap the soft-button for “Menu.”
For Samsung Galaxy S3 and others: 1. Power down. 2. Turn on, then press and hold Volume Down (Galaxy S3 and others), Volume Up (HTC One and others), or Volume Down and Volume Up together (various Motorola devices) when the vendor’s logo appears.
Note: “Safe Mode” on Phone and tablet starts up without loading any third-party add-ons and different devices have different ways to access safe mode.
If you have managed to select Safe Mode successfully, you will see the text “Safe Mode” at the bottom left corner of the screen. As the picture shows below:
Step 2: If you can find “Safe Mode” on the left hand corner, that means your phone or tablet is in safe mode already, then you can contact an expert for further ransomware removal instruction.
Note: The ransomware removal guide is so complicated, and it requires sufficent skills. If you are not an Android device repair expert, do not try by yourself. In case you lose your confidential data and photos, an expert is needed during the process of manual removal. Yoocare experts can provide you with the most professional service of the ransomware removal.
The Fake FBI Prism Virus is a piece of ransomware designed by hackers to extort money from its victims. It can attack all the android devices like Samsung, LG, Motorola, ZTE, Huawei, and so on. There are many variants of this scam virus circulating in different countries now. The variants are slightly different in many aspects such as the law enforcement they pretend to be, the ransoms they demand, the payment method they require, the days of grace they allow and so on. Pretending to be a powerful law enforcement department and accusing the victims of violating law is the main trick such a ransomware usually uses to cheat money. So, you don’t need to feel much too frightened when you have the Fake FBI Prism Virus on you android devices. The entire story is not real. You can turn to and expert to remove the virus completely at much lower cost. To completely get the warning message off phones or tablets, you can contact YooCare PC experts 24/7 online for help right now.
Published by Sarah Poehler & last updated on September 5, 2017 1:29 pm