Online scam looks like the real thing


Belfast - A computer scam that has conned users across Europe into paying a €100 (about R1000) fine has arrived in Ireland - complete with imitation garda logo.

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

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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. - Irish Independent

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