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The Canadian Anti Fraud Centre has been receiving reports from Canadians who say their computers are being frozen or they have been “locked out” of their computers after receiving pop-up messages warning them their computer has been associated with child pornography. These warning messages, which claim to be from the RCMP or CSIS, tells the recipient to pay $100 dollars via Ukash so their computer can be “unlocked”.
These types of messages, commonly known as scareware, are designed to create such shock and anxiety that victims respond by sending money quickly.
If you receive one of these messages, please be aware that it is a scam – these messages are not being issued by the RCMP. Last November, Ukash posted an alert on their website about a similar scam targeting residents in the United Kingdom. If you’ve been “locked out” of your computer, it’s a indicator that your system may have been infected with malware and you will need to take steps to address the problem.
Originally posted by Hefficide
This is an increasingly common virus variant. A "one up" on the old "Your system is infected - download BLAHBLAH.exe now to remove infection!" - at which point many people then paid money to infect their own systems with even nastier malware.
No law enforcement agency is going to freeze your computer and ask for money. Period. If they want your system they'll do it the old fashioned way. SWAT teams, tear gas, and door rams.
On an unrelated note, trying to convince the SWAT team, while you choke on tear gas, that THEY are just a computer virus? Not a great plan - but the best one I could come up with on the fly.
Originally posted by DontTreadOnMe
reply to post by Akragon
how did you do a system restore if you were locked out??