Northern Constabulary are advising members of the public to be aware of a computer scam that has been reported to them.
The scam involves an on-screen message which locks the users computer and is alleged to be from the Northern Constabulary E-Crime Unit (previously this has been displayed as the Metropolitan Police’s Central e-crime Unit or West Yorkshire Police).
The user is requested to pay £100 unlock the machine.
Northern Constabulary would like to advise the public that no Police Force would contact the public by this means and would never request money directly.
Police would advise members of the public of the following:
Do not respond to any message(s)
Do not give out any personal information (including your bank details)
Ensure your computer’s anti-virus software is up to date
Use only trusted websites and make sure your web browser is up to date
Fraud and Internet Crime can be reported to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or online at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk