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Thursday 21 September 2017

Warning as 'police trojan' PC scam hits our homes

Tom Brady Security Editor

A COMPUTER scam that has conned users across Europe into paying a €100 fine has arrived here -- complete with imitation garda logo.

Fraudsters in the scam, known as the police trojan, are now targeting this country and sending out messages, accompanied by a good imitation of the Garda logo, telling users their computers have been locked.

Users are told that this action has been taken because the computer has been used to view banned websites, including those showing child pornography.

They are then faced with a demand for a €100 "fine" to ensure that the computer will be unlocked.

The computers are hit by a virus which downloads a graphic with the message and logo and locks the screen.

Gardai reiterated last night that the force would never contact the public in this way and said computer users should not share their bank details or pay out any money.

Irish Independent

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