A friend of mine recently received a warning on their computer, supposedly from our local police force, explaining that she had done something wrong and the police had her details and would be visiting her at home unless she paid something like £70 within the next 7 days.
This was an obvious scareware tactic, as I explained even if she had done something wrong, nobody would ask for payment in this way, especially not the police!.
That was over a week ago, and she has still to get the laptop to me to look at but more stories are emerging regarding this new scareware and it would appear the virus is able to identify the user by IP address and show the appropriate police force badge.
Anyone receiving any message on screen asking for payment should consider the actions immediately before seeing the message - if the request for payment is out of the blue or not related in any way to what you are doing, consider it suspicious and scan your computer using your antivirus or anti-spyware program.
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