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RCMP warning about an online scam that locks your computer

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Another online scam is making the rounds. This one initially appears to come from a legitimate source.

A dialogue box appears on your computer screen, which claims your computer has been locked due to a criminal investigation.

The RCMP’s Rob Vermeulen says the online culprits claim to be with the RCMP.

“The pop-up box tells the user that they have to send $100 via a payment service provider in order to get their computer unlocked. Even if they send the money, it doesn’t unlock their computer. We just want to get the message out that this is a scam,” he stresses.

“It’s called scamware or ransomware. You need a computer tech to have a look at your computer if it’s locked.”

To avoid getting sucked into a scam never click on a pop-up that says your computer has a virus, make sure you have up-to-date virus protection and scan your computer regularly for malware.

If you think you’ve been hit with ransomware, you don’t necessarily have to call police, but you can contact the Canadian anti-fraud centre.

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what a shock to open the lap- top and be told that I’ve been locked out because of “watching porn”. I know my partner and I had quiet the chat , almost to the point of arguing . asked everyone in the home about it.. no one understood what we were talking about. I can only imagine the problems this is going to cause with other families. whether it is real or a scam peoples lives are going to change. cyber bulling at its finest.

April 24, 2013 at 7:59 am

hey buddy ive been using pcs my whole life and got caught by this, maybe you should get the internet for saying something so stupid. (BTW i didnt fall for the scam, just the virus)

March 22, 2013 at 3:39 am