The scammers are still continuing to plague the Wabash Valley, and this time they are holding your computers hostage.
On Tuesday, the Vigo County Sheriff’s Office released a statement saying they have received several reports of ransomware attacks to individual computers.
These attacks are mostly where a scammer can lock your computer and try to force folks to pay a ‘ransom’ to unlock their computer and get their data back.
A good portion of the time, these scammers commit these attacks under the identity of the FBI, CIA or even local law enforcement saying they are investigating your activity or you’ve committed a crime.
Sheriff officials say do not believe a word of this; law enforcement, federal or otherwise, would never do this nor force you to pay money for your personal data.
Citizens are reminded to back up their data onto an external media drive often so your information is protected against these attacks.
Should a ransomware attack occur, you are NOT to pay said ransom and be sure consult with computer experts on proper anti-virus and anti-ramsonware software.
Paying a ransom does not guarantee your computer will be unlocked nor what your charges will be.
If you are being harassed by scammers, you can report scams to the TRIAD Scam Hotline at at 812-231-1430.