Police are warning the public to be wary and alert to a particular fraud that is taking place when computer users go on-line.
Home computer users in are being subjected to a “pop up” virus which demands a “fine” or risk having their hard drives erased. Infected computers display a pop-up window with a photo of a Police Officer and Metropolitan Police logo saying the user has downloaded illegal material and demanding a “ransom” or “fine”.
Police said “This type of scam is becoming all too frequent and only last week a lady from Great Sankey paid £100 into the fraudsters account as she thought her hard drive would be erased.
They continued to state “I would advise all computers users to download antivirus software and don’t make any sort of payment or provide bank details to unknown companies or individuals”.
Police also advise never provide bank details when prompted by an unknown caller and If you do fall foul to a scam and lose money inform your bank immediately that your account has been compromised and call the Police on 101 for any advice.