Sunday 17 December 2017

Gardai issue warning over computer scam misusing police logos reporters

GARDAI have issued a warning over a computer scam that misuses police logs in a bid to get money from targets.

Targets are locked out of their computers and are asked to pay a “fine” to have them unlocked.

“The Police Trojan” virus is also being used in other countries and Gardai believe computer users here have been targeted.

According to the Gardai, the malicious software detects the country in which the computer is located and downloads localised graphics with the appropriate logo and locks down the user’s screen.

A message usually accuses the victim of illegal activity and demands the payment of a “fine” in order to regain control of the computer.

A Garda spokesperson said today: "Gardaí would never contact members of the community in this way.”

“People should not share their bank details or pay out any money.

“If your computer becomes infected by this malicious software, all affected computers should be repaired by a reputable repair person.

“Where a person has been deceived into paying money, a report should be made to their local Garda Station.”

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