WINDSOR, ON, June 3, 2013 /CNW/ - The Windsor Detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are warning the public of a
computer scam after receiving multiple reports from individuals
advising that their computers have been frozen, or that they have been
"locked out" of their computers, after receiving pop-up messages
warning that the computer has been associated with pornography. These
warning messages, claiming to be from the RCMP, tell the recipient to
pay a $100.00 "fine" via Ukash so the computer can be "unlocked" and
further warn that if the "fine" is not paid within 72 hours criminal
proceedings will commence against the user.
These types of messages, commonly known as "scareware", are designed to
create such shock and anxiety that victims respond by sending money
If you receive one of these messages please be aware that it is a scam
and has not been issued by the RCMP. Do not pay the $100.00 "fine".
Being "locked out" of your computer is an indication that your system
may have been infected with malware and you will need to take steps to
address that problem.
The RCMP offers the following tips to help keep your computer protected:
Never click on a pop-up that claims your computer has a virus;
Update your anti-virus software often and scan your computer for viruses
Do not click on links or attachments in e-mails sent to you by someone
you don't know;
Turn on your browser's pop-up blocking feature;
Never download anti-virus software from a pop-up link sent to you in an
If you have received a "scareware" message please report it to your
local police office and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (1-888-495-8501).
SOURCE: Royal Canadian Mounted Police
For further information:
Corporal Annette Bernardon
(519) 967-4353 ext. 236