Some people actually take this seriously
I’ve seen this a few times now, but what I hadn’t realised was some people do actually take it seriously!
We had someone use our drop off and diagnose service the other week, “My Computers not working properly” was the message they left us with…
On starting it up, it was clear it was infected with a particularly nasty virus, it’s the one that fills the screen with a ‘Police’ message saying something along the lines of “Your computer has been locked due to the detection of illegal activity”.
We have seen a variety of these along the same theme now, some we’ve been able to clean up, some we’ve ended up having to rebuild the whole computer.
But this was the first time I’d actually had someone ask me “What’s the cost if we pay the fine?” Well I have to say I was flabbergasted, I thought it was blatantly obvious this was a scam, but they really thought it was real (No I didn’t ask what they’d been looking at!!!)
Before you put ANY payment (or other personal details) in to your computer, think about it very carefully, did you ask for this, could it be a scam?
If you are at all unsure please call and get some advice – 01543 2410