‘Ransomware’ scam leaves victims powerless

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Manchester, Tenn. — Police said hackers have found a way to take over smart phones and extorts owners using pornographic images.

This new scam leaves victims virtually powerless. The message reportedly appears on smart phones out of nowhere and looks very serious.

“It quotes even United States criminal code statutes of what’s been violated,” said Frank Watkins, an investigator with the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office.

What the message says next is even scarier.

“This phone has been found to have accessed explicit or pornographic images and we can take care of this for $500,” Watkins said.

The so-called “ransomware” is now being sent to people’s phones along with child pornography. Owners are unable to delete the images. The message says it can make the images go away for a price.

The scare tactic often works because people are too afraid to go to police.

“How am I going to explain this…

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