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Police warn Lincolnshire residents of ransom fraud targeting computer users

By RG_Davies  |  Posted: September 03, 2012

Example screenshot of 'ransom malware'

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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

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  • RG_Davies  |  September 03 2012, 10:14PM

    Hi @A_Mason, One of my priorities for Lincolnshire Police is to focus more on crime prevention, and as this issue hasn't got much exposure locally I felt readers may find it interesting. I absolutely have a political agenda based on my experience of policing in Lincolnshire and the wider criminal justice system - at the heart of this is engagement - hence these articles / door step canvassing / public meetings (more info on http://tinyurl.com/8jju7ff) Would be keen to hear your views on policing? @Bob_Major I think things are better with new versions of Windows (and better browsers than IE6) but many problems stem from legacy systems - interestingly TomsHardware suggests that 1 in 6 PCs have zero anti-virus.

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  September 03 2012, 9:50PM

    Gnome doubts Gnome is the only person who thinks that someone who speaks about themselves in the third person is either pretentious or plain odd. Mr Davies forwards an 'urgent' warning from the Metropolitan Police to the people of Lincolnshire about an obvious scam, then says he would like to hear from any Lincolnshire residents who have been affected. Aren't they already making themselves known in vast numbers? Perhaps those affected would do better contacting Lincolnshire Police. They might actually be able to do something about it, rather than simply polishing their credentials. Or maybe Lincolnshire Police are still waiting to find out who will tell them what their priorities are?

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  • Bob_Major  |  September 03 2012, 8:31PM

    Good grief! Do people not know of Firewalls? Not the carpy version that comes with Windoze, but a proper one. Do people not know of antivirus software? Are there people who still surf the interweb without a malware stopper? Such people shouldn't have a computer. Or access to mains electrcity. But they could still Vote Davies!

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  • A_Mason  |  September 03 2012, 4:58PM

    Dear Mr Davies: Despite the obvious connections associated with what we do in our leisure time, I shall not be voting for you. You must be pretty desparate for votes if you are stooping to the level of trying to make political capital out of crime prevention advice. Perhaps you would do better if you listened to the concerns of the people of Lincolnshire rather than imposing your preferred agenda.

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