RCMP warns of computer scam

Castlegar RCMP has received several calls from concerned citizens due to another computer scam.

  • Jan. 12, 2013 6:00 a.m.

Castlegar RCMP has received several calls from concerned citizens due to another computer scam.

While on their computer, they have received a pop-up message complete with a siren wailing, warning them that their computer has been associated with child pornography and that in order to “unlock” their computer they need to pay $100.    The pop up advised them that the RCMP or CSIS has discovered illegal activity and a file has been started.

These messages are NOT issued by the RCMP, and people should NOT pay the $100 to make the “police matter” go away.    Persons experiencing this said that eventually the pop-up went away, and on a couple of occasions they re-started their computer and were fine.

Tips for protecting yourself:

– never click on a pop up that claims your computer has a virus

– update your anti virus software often and scan your computer regularly for viruses

– don’t click on links or attachment 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 or link sent to you in an e mail.

 

Most of the ongoing scams, and how to deal with them can be found on the following website:  www.antifraudcentre.ca

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