Brantford police are warning the public about a computer virus and fraudulent pop-up message.
Police have recently received several reports of computer users experiencing technical problems and receiving a pop-up message asking them to pay $100 to unlock their computer.
The pop-up appears to be a message from a fraudulent law enforcement agency. Investigators say the scam begins when computer users are watching or downloading movies online.
Victims have reported a pop-up message from “Ukash” and been asked to pay $100. Computers have not been unlocked following payments.
Police say the computers have received viruses from visiting infected websites or downloading infected files.
Police are warning the public to not download files that haven’t been scanned for viruses or are unknown to computer users. Police suggest ensuring computers have firewalls and anti-malware software.
Anyone who has been victimized by computer fraud is asked to contact city police at 519-756-7050.