Computer fraud

A U. of I. employee reported that she had been the victim of fraud. The employee received a pop-up notification on her personally owned computer indicating that the device had been locked and she needed to call a helpline to resolve the issue. The call-taker instructed the employee to visit a cryptocurrency terminal at a liquor store in Urbana and transfer funds to an unknown account. The employee transferred $28,500 in bitcoins before contacting police.