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Maria Kasonda was trying to set up Skype on her computer so she could talk to her son face-to-face after 26 years of searching, but hit a scam instead. Maria Kasonda was trying to set up Skype on her computer so she could talk to her son face-to-face after 26 years of searching, but hit a scam instead.
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A computer ploy that launches a virus in an extortion attempt is popping up. Criminals are just waiting to steal your money by taking over your computer. One victim said the scam prevented her from being reunited with her son via Skype.

It's a scam that locks your computer and experts say several computers are infected across the country a week. The scheme happened to one Savannah woman at the worst time. 

Maria Kasonda was trying to set up Skype on her computer so she could talk to her son face to face. She located her son over Mothers Day after 26 years of searching, but instead she came face to face with a scam.

The scheme goes like this: a pop-up displays a Federal Bureau of Investigation seal with a statement warning that you're trying to access child pornography. Then it claims that the FBI is locking your computer and you'll need to pay a $200.00 fee via moneypak. If you don't pay within 48 hours, you'll be arrested and face up to five years in prison and you'll be placed on the sex offender registry. Remember this is a scam. Some of the warnings displayed even show your picture. 

"I see this video camera taped because I could see myself as I moved around my bedroom In my nightgown," said Kasonda. "it was just a shock to me. It was really scary to me because these people are video taping me and I don't even know who they are." 

Both Effingham County Sheriff's officers and Savannah-Chatham Metro Police say they have received reports of this scam. Experts say the best thing you can do is take your computer to a computer expert such as the Geek Squad or Staples to have the virus removed. 

Kasonda is trying to raise funds to bring her son over from Africa to be reuinted in person after the childs father kidnapped him. If you would like to help donate at any Heritage Bank under Maria Kasonda or email maria_kasonda@yahoo.com.

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