Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – The Real Deal is putting you on the alert for a computer scam.
Legitimate sites can be hacked with what's called ransomware, which infects your computer and takes over your screen.
The image resembles what could be an FBI alert claiming you've broken the law and instructing you to pay a $3,000 fine to unlock your computer.
But the FBI doesn't contact members of the public by email or social media.
You'll have to take your computer to a professional to reclaim your system.
These attacks can be prevented by keeping your software up-to-date and investing in anti-virus software. If there's something you want The Real Deal about, call (315) 446-9900 or email YourStories@9wsyr.com.