Police warn Lincolnshire residents of ransom fraud targeting computer users
The Metropolitan Police have issued an urgent warning about a particularly unpleasant virus that is in circulation. Purporting to come from a legitimate law enforcement agency it locks the infected computer and requests the user to pay a fine to gain access to their computer again. (Screen shot below)
The "malware" infects personal computers after users have accessed certain websites. *(It should be noted that there are several similar designs currently in circulation)
This is a fraud and users are advised NOT to pay out any monies or hand out any bank details.
The police have made it absolutely clear that they would never contact members of the public in this way and certainly not demand payment of fines in such a manner.
They advised "We would advise anyone who has been deceived by such a message and parted with any money to report the offence to their local police by dialling "101" or your local police. Virus/Malware infections where no money has been lost can be logged at www.actionfraud.org.uk/report_fraud."
Richard Davies, Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate for Lincolnshire commented "This type of crime is particularly underhand, preying on people's fears. It has already netted tens for thousands of pounds for the crooks behind the scam."
Mr Davies would be interested to hear from any Lincolnshire residents who have been affected by cyber crime. Contact him at www.votedavies.co.uk or call 01400 251 533
Sound advice can be found at www.getsafeonline.org