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Popup scam tricks child porn suspect into turning himself in

VALPARAISO, Ind. (WCMH) - An Indiana man is facing child porn charges after a popup on his phone prompted him to turn himself in.

Joseph Hanvey, 22, of Valparaiso, Indiana told police he tried to download a pornographic video involving a child last week, The Times of Northwest Indiana reported. A message popped up on his screen stating the phone was being monitored by the FBI, according to police.

The phone then turned off, and he couldn’t turn it back on.

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The Times reported Hanvey drove around the city for two hours looking for a police officer before eventually coming to the police station to turn himself in.

Police recognized the popup as a common scam that asks people for money to unlock the phone.

Hanvey is now facing a felony count of possession of child pornography.


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