Virus Scam Targeting Computers of Northern Ireland Inhabitants
The Northern Ireland Police have issued an alert to all residents for being vigilant about an odd PC-virus, which's presently circulating online to infect their systems, published thejournal.ie dated March 20, 2012.
Reportedly, officials from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) describe the malware as tentatively locking an end-user's PC-screen prior to one message popping up stating that some illegal operations have been conducted with the victim's machine. The operations involve blacklisted websites having child or adult porn, sodomy as well as violence on kids, offensive content to people, and more.
Besides, the malware poses as being sent from agencies or officers of law enforcement, while possibly containing Police Central e-Crime Unit's (PCeU) logo, the Unit known to help all of UK's police officers, albeit other logos too could've been used.
Subsequently, the virus demands 100 pounds from the victimized computer-user as fine that's placed against him electronically via prompts appearing on-screen, so that the user can regain normal functioning of his PC.
Significantly, Police Officers remarked the whole act as fraudulent.
Indeed, PCeU urgently posted on their home-page a warning regarding the continuously running online scam.
Moreover, end-users have been urged to never give away personal bank information or pay out cash for, legitimate payments won't ever pop up messages as in the above case where malware is involved, according to the Officers.
Notably, PSNI emphasized that it or any other United Kingdom serving police wouldn't ever contact person or persons from the public as also ask for money in the above manner. Newswireni.com published this on March 20, 2012.
Additionally, as a counsel to anybody being cheated with the above kind of message, Police tells, the person must inform his area cops about the crime by dialing their hotline number, while simple virus-infections devoid of money looted should be reported on the web-page, www.actionfraud.org.uk/report_fraud.
Police also said that incase anybody wanted any clarifications, had any concerns alternatively wanted additional information/suggestion then he could unhesitatingly call his area Crime Prevention Officer.
Finally, for mitigating infection incidences by the above alternatively likewise viruses, Police suggest using AV (anti-virus) software and keeping it up-to-date.
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