Victory State Bank Shares FBI’s Warning of Extortion, Bank Fraud Scam
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Victory State Bank is urging computer users to be on the lookout for a cyber-extortion threat.
According to the FBI, THE Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has learned of a new Citadel malware platform used to deliver “ransomware” known as Reveton.
The ransomware lures the victim to a drive-by download Web site, at which time the ransomware is installed on the user’s computer.
Once installed, the computer freezes and a screen is displayed warning the user they have violated United States federal law. The message further declares the user’s IP address was identified by the Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section as visiting child pornography and other illegal content.
To unlock the computer, the user is instructed to pay a $100 fine to the U.S. Department of Justice using prepaid money card services. The geographic location of the user’s IP address determines what payment services are offered.
In addition to the ransomware, the Citadel malware continues to operate on the compromised computer and can be used to commit online banking and credit card fraud.
This is an attempt to extort money with the additional possibility of the victim’s computer being used to participate in online bank fraud.
If you have received this or something similar, do not follow payment instructions.
It is suggested that you:
- Contact your banking institutions.
- File a complaint at www.IC3.gov (http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx).
About Victory State Bank:
VSB Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office in the community of Great Kills, and branches in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank. For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online http://www.victorystatebank.com .