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Montana State University is warning students and staff about scammers who are targeting the campus community.

According to an alert sent out Wednesday morning, scammers are sending email messages claiming to have hacked people's phones through an unsecured Wi-Fi connection.

The scammers then say that if the person doesn't pay ransom through bitcoin, they will release private video footage of the person.

The scam is particularly believable because the scammer claims to have recorded people by hacking into the camera on their phones.

However, officials said they have no reason to believe that the claims are legitimate.

Anyone who receives these types of messages should not click on anything or reply to the sender, and should block the email address. And money shouldn't be sent to scammers under any circumstances.

If someone has paid money, a fraud report should be filed with the MSU Police Department or local law enforcement and the FBI at

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