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‘FBI’ pop-up guilts Valpo man into admitting viewing child porn

VALPARAISO, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — An Indiana man turned himself in to police for viewing child pornography after being tricked by a pop-up ad. 

22-year-old Joseph Hanvey of Valparaiso told police he tried to download a pornographic video involving a child last Wednesday, according to the Times of Northwest Indiana

As the video loaded, his phone displayed a message claiming his phone was being monitored by the FBI.

His phone then shut down and would not turn back on, so Hanvey took action.

He then drove around looking for a police officer, and ended up at a police station, admitting what he had done. He told police he had viewed many images of child pornography and saved several to his phone.  

But police recognized the FBI message as a virus that locks up phones until the user makes a payment, but does not actually come from the FBI. 

Hanvey was charged with a felony count of possessing child pornography. 

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