Online computer scam
North Wales Police are warning the public to
be wary and alert to a particular fraud that is taking place when
computer users go on-line.
Computer users in Gwynedd have 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”.
Penygroes Police Community Support Officer
Julie Holland of North Wales Police said “This type of scam is
becoming all too frequent and only last week a lady from Gwynedd
paid £100 into the fraudsters account as she thought her hard drive
would be erased.
“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”.
North Wales 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 North Wales Police on 101 for any advice.