CAFC and RCMP Caution Internet Users in Canada about Growing Internet Scams
A British Columbia province namely the port city of Prince Rupert in Canada has CAFC (Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) cautioning residents for remaining vigilant about a growing number of Internet-scams spreading across the region as they emanate largely from websites, published thenorthernview.com dated December 31, 2012.
Spokesman representing Prince Rupert's RCMP, Constable Matt Ericson said that a very significant scam reported involved victims whose computers had been blocked from functioning while messages popped up stating the frozen state of the systems was because of certain police action during an investigation into a crime. The message either listed or didn't, certain offenses as varied as child pornography to music downloading. It also told the viewer for transmitting $100 to federal agencies such as RCMP through any available payment service so their PCs can be unlocked, Ericson explained and thenorthernview.com published the statement.
Police stated that the above scams were called scareware or ransomware frauds, crafted for making the victim panicky enough to instantly remit money.
However, suggesting what recipients of the kind of messages should do, the CAFC states that they must first recognize the ransomware attack as an attempt at conning them. 2ndly, they mustn't send any fee demanded for unlocking the computers as it'll not fix their systems. 3rdly, no Canadian government institution like CAFC not even the RCMP will ever compromise PCs so as to acquire cash. If there's a ransomware on any computer, it means malware has caught the system and it must be removed.
4thly, for restoring one's PC, it's advisable that the owner gets some technician's assistance, who'll cleanse the malware. Finally, for preventing cyber-assaults, users require to routinely make their software up-to-date, while do the same with their firewall, spyware and anti-virus defenses too.
Meanwhile, during November 2011, for a similar case of ransomware attack, Ukash put up a security warning on its Internet site informing, people across UK were being targeted. The warning stated that if anybody's computer had been frozen it was an indication that malware had infected it thus necessitating measures for fixing the problem (than anything else).
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