My android was infected with the Homeland Security/FBI green dot moneypak scam. At first I got really freaked out because it said I was I blocked for possession of child pornography, zoophilia, and rape footage. It had Obama in the upper right hand corner and he’s pointing at me. Also it displayed my IP address and City there. I tried to exit the page, but it didn’t allow me to do that so I just powered off the phone. After a few minutes when I turned it on I can see my app icons for about 10 seconds and then the message came up again!!! It asked me to pay $500 USD via Greendot Moneypak prepaid card to get my phone unlocked. I don’t have that kind of money. I searched online and found many people had the same problem. So is this a virus or a message really from the government? How do I fix the problem without paying the fine?
$500 Greendot Moneypak Virus Scam on Android Device:
Lookout, fraudsters have been attempting to use Green Dot MoneyPak prepaid cards to steal hard-earned money from innocent people and you should never be a victim of this scam!
Greendot Moneypak Virus is associated with the most rampant ransomware called FBI Virus, DOJ Virus, NSA Virus, Mandiant U.S.A. Cyber Security Virus and Homeland Security virus that can also lock a victim’s device and demand money in exchange for regaining control over the device. Although Green Dot MoneyPak card is a legitimate payment system that can be purchased at convenience stores like Walmart, 7-11 etc, and it can used in place of a credit card, you should be aware that this is a prepaid card commonly used by a scammer to rip off unwary users. Payment through a prepaid card is hard to withdraw so once you were scammed, it will be difficult for you to get a refund.
Greendot Moneypak Virus can scam unsuspecting users in many ways. When it is working on android, it usually locks people out of their smartphones and tablets. Therefore, you cannot do anything on your device.
“Hi yesterday I was watching a funny video and an FBI thing popped up locking my phone. So I immediately took the battery out but when I turned it back on there was nothing I can do because it said my phone was under investigation and I have to pay 500 through something called Greendot Moneypak. It even took a picture of me by using the front-facing camera and said if I don’t pay in 3 days, I will be arrested. I was really freaked out. What should I do?”
Greendot Moneypak Virus is very common on the Internet now. It can not only infect a computer, but also cause troubles for smartphone users. It usually disguises as an innocent-looking mobile app called Adobe Flash Player, XXXVideo or others, with a clear aim to trick unwary users to download it on their smartphones or tablets. Once installed, you will be blocked by a big warning supposedly from FBI, NSA or other organizations saying that your phone has been blocked up for safety reasons. It displays fake alerts to scare you and makes you falsely pay for a ransom. The virus completely takes over your phone screen and it doesn’t let you do anything but only leaves a small place to let you input the Moneypak PIN to unlock your device. Victims should know a fact that this virus has nothing to do with any legitimate authorities. It is merely a virus designed by cyber criminals to deceive innocent users. Fortunately nothing on the blocked message is real, that means you don’t need to pay anything in 34/48/72 hours, neither get trouble or being arrested by the police. Mobile virus may have the ability to collect photos and videos, record audio conversations, and log websites visited without user’s knowledge. And with all this data at the malware author’s hands, victims could be at risk for identity fraud. Therefore, you should get your device free of viruses and under no circumstance should you pay Greendot Moneypak.
This Mobile Fraud Can Perform Many Evil Activities On Your Phone/Tablet:
- 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.
- Scan for banking apps from major financial institutions and upload the results to the attacker’s server.
Greendot Moneypak Virus Scam Distribution:
Greendot Moneypak Virus can be downloaded on an android phone or tablet as the form of an APK (Android application package). Often, the app will disguise itself as an antivirus app or a video player program which brings you more fun. It uses many ways to trick you into downloading it. You may get it by clicking the malicious links sent from your contacts, visiting shady website, or downloading other apps. We suggest users ONLY download apps from trustworthy sources. Install a mobile security app on all mobile devices to detect these threats before they are opened.
Tips to Keep Your Android Device Safe:
There are a few things you can do to defend yourself against Greendot Moneypak virus.
1. Pay attention to app you are trying to install. You should always be judicious about what apps you are going to download and where you download them from. The safest bet is to stick with downloading well-known apps from reputable markets like Google Play in addition to having a security app.
2. Avoid going to phishing website or pornographic sites. There are plenty of viruses contained in these shady website they could get you to enter personal data and/or credit card details. Users should be away from these sites or their devices will be easy to get infected without awareness.
3. Install an reliable antivirus program. An antivirus program can help you block most suspicious app from installing on your device, it minimizes the risk of being infected with Greendot Moneypak virus.
How to Unlock Phone/Tablet From Greendot Moneypak Virus?
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 Greendot Moneypak virus under Application Manager.
3. Reboot your phone to normal mode.
4. 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.
Tips to Prevent From Being a Victim of Greendot Moneypak Virus Scam:
1. If your device has been blocked up by some kind of police warning, don’t rush to pay for the fine. This is definitely a scam because real government will never punish a person by locking his device and asking for money from prepaid cards. Clean up your device without any delay.
2. If you have got a Moneypak Card, don’t ever give anyone you don’t know information concerning greendot or Moneypak cards. 10 out of 10 times, these people on craigslist or ebay are scamming you to the max.
3) If you ever get a phone call telling you that if you buy a greendot and give them the numbers on the back, they’ll give you something free or more money, you’re being scammed.
Cannot get to safe mode? Cannot uninstall the virus app from Application Manager? Please start a live chat with YooCare Expert now to get this problem solved!