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UK Police is warning the public to beware of a new scam used by
fraudsters targeting personal computers.
Officers from the Met’s Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) are
investigating a computer scam which attempts to exhort money from
unsuspecting members of public by impersonating law enforcement
The malicious software infects personal computers after users
have accessed certain websites. The virus causes the PC to freeze
and lock, with a message purporting to be from various police
forces, including the Met Police, advising the user they are
required to pay a fine to unlock the computer.
This is a fraud and users are advised NOT to pay out any monies
or hand out any bank details.
Genuine law enforcement agencies would never contact members of
the public via email and demand funds in this way.
We would advise anyone who has been deceived by such a message
and handed their banking details over to report the matter to the
card issuer immediately and report the offence to their local
police by dialling "101" or the local non-emergency police number.
Virus/Malware infections where no money has been lost can be logged
at Action Fraud
In order to reduce the chances of being infected by this or
similar malware police strongly recommend that anti-virus software
is both used and, importantly, routinely updated to keep pace with
new threats as they are discovered. In addition, operating systems
such as Windows and Mac OS routinely issue updates that patch
potential vulnerabilities. Sound advice can be found at