Last night when I was on Facebook, a big screen saying that ‘Attention! Your phone has been blocked up for safety reasons’ came up and locked me out of my phone, so I cannot do anything on it. It said my phone has been involved in illegal activities and I need to pay a fine to unlock it within 24 hours. It took a picture of me and said if I don’t pay the fine I will go jail and it will send something to my contacts too. I swear that I didn’t do anything illegal. Is it a real message comes from FBI? Because it has FBI seal and logo on the top that seem real. Or it is just a virus? I have a meeting tomorrow and I really need to unlock my phone. Is there anything I can do myself to get rid of this warning from my android phone?
‘Attention! Your phone has been blocked up for safety reasons’ – Fake Message on Android Device
‘Attention! Your phone has been blocked up for safety reasons’ is a fake warning associated with Ransomware like Interpol Virus, Department of Justice Virus, and FBI Department of Defense Virus etc, therefore if you see this message pops up on your phone, you should not believe in anything it mentioned. The scam is widely spread and it has already infected thousands of mobile phone users located in United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada etc. The way it attacks a phone is ignominious. Usually this malware will lure unaware users to download a malicious app on their device and then try to lock their phone or tablet. The malicious app may call itself as “Adobe Flash Player” “Video” or “Private Video”, looking like a good application, and if you used to visit pornographic website, the virus can be called as “Porndroid”, “Pornhub” or something just like it can support you to watch porn video for free. However, once you allow the installation, it is equal to open an entrance for the virus to sneak into your phone because fake message ‘Attention! Your phone has been blocked up for safety reasons’ will quickly lock up the phone screen and disable any functions on your device. You will not able to make a phone call or even perform a single task because any buttons are not working anymore. The only thing you are able to do is to power off your phone. However, as soon as you power it on, this fake warning will pop up right back, taking over your phone screen.
Meanwhile, the fake police warning will falsely claiming that the target user has performed some illegal actions that are beyond the law and therefore all files and applications have been locked. It accuses users of viewing/storage and/or dissemination of banned pornography (child pornography/zoophilia/rape etc) even though they didn’t do anything as mentioned. Also it displays the IP address, location and many fake official logos and seals on its page to make it look convincing. Actually ‘Attention! Your phone has been blocked up for safety reasons’ warning is created by cyber criminals with the intention of stealing money from unsuspecting Internet users. It has nothing to do with any legitimate authorities. The malware forces users to pay a fine of $100, $200,$300, $450 or even $500 through prepaid card systems like Moneypak, Moneygram, Ukash or Paysafecard in order to unlock the phone. But paying fines is equivalent to sending money directly to cyber criminals because it won’t really help you unlock the phone and you will not be able to trace your money or get a refund once you found out you are scammed. However, fortunately this type of virus doesn’t really encrypt your files as it mentioned even though you don’t pay for the fine. If your phone or tablet is already infected with this type of fake police ransomware virus, use the removal guide provided below to eliminate this scam to unlock your device now.
Android Phone Locked Screenshot:
Once your phone is attacked, you will have a message on your phone/tablet like this:
Your phone has been blocked up for safety reasons listed below. All the actions performed on this phone are fixed. All your files are encrypted.
You are accused of viewing/storing and/or dissemination of banned pornography (child pornography/zoophilia/rape etc.) You have violated World Declaration on non-proliferation of child pornography. You are accused of committing the crime envisaged by Article 161 of United States of America criminal law.”
Please ignore what it says. The virus will do nothing real as it claims. It is a hoax designed to rip you off and extort your money.You certainly don’t want this virus to ruin your android phone/tablet because this malware can:
- Lock up the entire system and forbid users to make a phone call or do anything on the phone.
- Download other dodgy apps in the background that could erase all data in your devices including your files, documents, photos, contacts and videos.
- Create vulnerabilities in your phone that may collect your information like your browsing history, phone IMEI, contacts information and others.
How to Unlock Phone/Tablet Manually?
1. Restart your android phone/tablet to safe mode.
On a Cell Phone, Safe Mode is a mode that allows a phone to load all the default settings and software the phone originally came with. Therefore, third-party app won’t be activated in this mode so virus won’t pop up.
Guides to get to safe mode:
For Samsung Phones:
With the device powered off, press and hold the Power button (located on the right edge) until the Samsung logo appears then release.
With the Samsung on the screen, press and hold the Menu button Menu (located in the lower-left) until safe Mode displays in the lower left then release.
For LG Phones:
With device powered down, press and hold the Power button until the LG logo appears then release.
With the LG logo still on screen, press and hold the Volume down button (located on the left-edge of the device).
Continue to hold Volume down button until ‘Safe mode’ appears in the lower-left of the unlock screen then release.
Note: The process may take up to 45 seconds to complete.
For HTC Phones:
With the phone powered off, press and hold the “Power” button for a couple of seconds to turn the device back on.
When the HTC logo appears on the screen, press and hold the “Volume Down” button.
Continue holding the “Volume Down” button until the Android OS is completely loaded.
By following the above guide, users will see “Safe Mode” appears in the lower left-hand corner of the screen on Android phones just like the picture shows:
2. Uninstall the malicious app that brings ‘Attention! Your phone has been blocked up for safety reasons’ android virus under Application Manager.
3. If you have any trouble locating or uninstalling the virus app or cannot get your device to safe mode, you can contact YooCare Expert Now.
“Attention! Your phone has been blocked up for safety reasons” scam is common on Android device now because Android is the world’s most widely used mobile operating system (OS) so it continues to be a primary target for malware attacks due to its market share and open source architecture. Victims should know this message is not real and also it is not sent from any law enforcement agencies, instead it is known as a Trojan Koler malware designed by cyber criminals to trick innocent users. Learning how to prevent this malware is necessary. If you see suspicious ads that promote useful programs or updates on your phone, you have to make sure that the software is legitimate and download it from its official page before you start downloading it because this malware usually gets into a device by pretending as a good app. When your phone gets locked, don’t be panic and rush to pay the ransom. The correct thing you need to do is to get rid of the malware inside your phone.
Have you tried everything you can to get rid of fake Attention! Your phone has been blocked up for safety reasons message from your phone but it is still there? Cannot uninstall the virus app from Application Manager? Please start a live chat with YooCare Expert now to get this problem solved!