These scams are designed to deceive - warning from March policing after computer incident
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Computer owners are being warned about a new scam after a member of the public reported an incident to March police station this morning (Thursday).
The person’s computer had been locked with a message flashed up claiming to be from Cheshire police and stating illegal activity had been done using the computer.
A warning has been issued on the Facebook page for Policing March and Chatteris said: “This is in fact a computer virus and will request you to transfer funds from your bank via a non-traceable and non-returnable money handling facility - do not fall for this scam!”
It continues: “The scammers will NOT unlock your computer they simply move on to the next person they have scammed, leaving you out of pocket and with a computer you still need to have unlocked. Take a screenshot or photo of the computer screen if possible.”
The advice is to contact your local (trusted) computer shop or the manufacturer for advice.
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Contact Action Fraud via http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or phone 0300 123 2040 and give them as much detail as possible.
Keep an eye on online banking, PayPal and if you spot anything unusual contact your bank immediately.
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Further advice to prevent yourself from becoming a victim: Only open files you are sure are genuine; only open trusted websites; ensure you have suitable virus and malware protection on all your computers – if in doubt speak to your local computer shop or manufacturer.
“Remember, these SCAMS are designed to deceive you, if in doubt please contact the police.”