Gardai issue 'Police Trojan' computer scam warning
Gardaí are warning the public of a computer scam which misuses police logos in an attempt to extract money from victims by locking them out of their computers and asking them to pay a fine in order to get the computer unlocked.
"There have been incidents of attacks from this particular computer virus in other countries and computer users here may also be targeted," said a statement from the Garda Síochana.
"The malicious software detects the country in which the computer is located and downloads a localised graphic with the appropriate language and police logo and locks down the user’s screen. The message usually accuses the victim of engagement in illegal activity and demands the payment of a fine in order to return control of the computer to its owner."
A Garda spokesman said that any such message from An Garda Síochána is a scam.
"Gardaí would never contact members of the community in this way," said the spokesman.
"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. It is important that computer users run anti-virus software and keep it as up to date as possible."
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