West Hennepin Public Safety warns of child porn scam

MAPLE PLAIN, MN – West Hennepin Public Safety Department is notifying area residents about a new computer scam.

The scam involves a victim receiving an email claiming that their computer has been loaded with child pornography and they must pay X amount of dollars in Bitcoin or the Federal Bureau of Investigation will be notified.

Once the victim clicks on the link provided, it is forwarded to a malware site that begins downloading child pornography onto their computer system and creates fake entries in their browsing history.

If the victim does not pay, the scammers anonymously tip off the FBI.

Authorities with WHPSD have not yet seen the scam happen in the area, but are alerting residents in an effort to prevent it before it happens.

Authorities also note that the police and their computer forensic teams will be able to recognize if child porn has been planted on a computer.

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