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For Immediate Release

July 15, 2016 USMS Office of Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
U.S. Marshals Warn Public Of Pop-Up/Malwarescam Affecting Mobile Devices
Scammers Attempt to Hold Phones, Tablets Hostage For Money
Washington - The U.S. Marshals Service warns the public to avoid downloading malicious software affecting mobile devices; incidents of the digital scam have been reported nationwide after users visit pornography websites. Disguised as a message from the U.S. Marshals, the pop-up malware takes control of the device and populates the screen with a message accusing the user of accessing child pornography. The user is then instructed to pay a fee to avoid prosecution and regain access of their device.

Do not pay the requested fee. The U.S. Marshals Service does not conduct such activity. If you believe you are a victim of this scam, report the incident to your mobile phone carrier, or the FBI at Scams and safety information can be found at

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at


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