Scam targeting computer users

POLICE in Magherafelt are warning the public to be vigilant following reports of a scam targeting computer users.

Police have received reports of people receiving messages to their computers, purporting to be from the West Yorkshire Police. The computer is frozen on a warning message stating their computer has been locked as it has been used for illegal purposes and they must make a payment or else be investigated. It seems that the computer may also be infected with a virus and the scam may demand payment in the form of UKash vouchers.

These messages are fraudulent and Police never send out messages like this. If you receive suspicious messages you are advised to report it to police.

Police are warning local people to be vigilant and protect themselves against unscrupulous criminals who are constantly identifying and developing new methods to defraud innocent people.

Police are also asking people to be wary of unusual requests to use the ‘UKASH’ payments system.