Police warn of money-stealing computer virus

Police warn of money-stealing computer virus

Malicious software impersonates the Metropolitan Police e-crime Unit (PCeU)

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The Metropolitan Police is warning the public to be aware of a computer virus that impersonates its e-crime unit in an effort to steal money from unsuspecting users.

The malicious software infects people's computers after users access certain websites. The police did not name specific sites, and only said that "various websites" were affected.

Once infected, the virus freezes and locks the PC, and a message (pictured) claiming to be from the Metropolitan Police Central e-crime Unit (PCeU) accuses the user of accessing pornographic websites and tells them that they have to pay a fine to unlock their 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 this method and demand funds in this way," the police said.

People who have fallen for the scam and handed over money should report the matter to their card issuer immediately and report the offence to their local police by dialling '101' or the local non-emergency police number.

Virus infections where no money has been lost can be logged at www.actionfraud.org.uk/report_fraud.

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  • Stunned How could someone fall for that you say Thoseunfortunate elderly
  • Grant Hartley TO REMOVE POLICE CENTRAL E-CRIME UNIT RANSOMWARE FOR FREEFIRST OFF ALL DO NOT PAY THE RANSOM FOR THIS VIRUS AS THIS TROJAN IS NOT CONFIGURED TO RECOGNISE A SUCCESSFULL PAYMENT AND THEREFORE WONT UNLOCK YOUR SYSTEMi was unwittingly victim to this ransomware police central e-crime unitfirst a restore point is needed i cant stress how much backing up your system once it is running fine is very important when booting keep pressing f8 on most systems to boot in safe mode with command promptthen restore your backup to an earlyer date my backup was only 3 hours priur to infectionthen do a full scan of your hard disks with your anti-virus also using another pc with internet connection download2 things first microsoft safty scanner httpwwwmicrosoftcomsecur and secondly malwarebites httpdownloadcnetcomMalwaNB you only need to download and install the trial version of malwarebites to completly remove these registry trojans the files where mostly looking for start HKEY but it will be impossible to name all the files unlike many other programs will scan and only fix once you have purchased malwarebites will also remove them purchasing the full version is for realtime scanning and scheduled scans it also has a file assasin to delete locked files like i said manualy you can run this anti-malware program without purchase i highly recomend it once you have downloaded paste them onto a flashdriveusb stickrun the infected system in safe mode and install these 2 programs run them both full scans and i advise you use both these tools regular the only problem i was left with was sertain files IE mp3s jpeg images and all my favourats list of links in my web browser where locked so i had to delete them all i have everything on DVD disksso no big problems getting back to normal i live in lancashire and the police central e-crime unit lock i recieved stated it was from west yorkshire police constablry if i had expliced images of childporn or sadomasichism the police wouldnt worn me with a simple fine they would be threw my door UKASH the only thing i no about ukash is you can purchase vouchers from paypoint machines in petrol stations etc and internet hackers use this method of payment also for selling details of the digital strips from bankcredit cards to the lower down the chain fraudsters that print those details onto duplicate cards in order to commite crime using these cards as payment
  • Guest Who would fall for itIt says you have accessed child pornography but if you give them money you can use your computer again
  • Guest Thats the most hilarious virus ever I know stealing is wrong but really how could someone fall for that
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