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Ransomware / scareware message making the rounds

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By Contributor
January 13th, 2013

By the end of the day yesterday, the Kelowna RCMP had received an estimated 250-plus complaints of ransomware and continue to receive more.

There has been some confusion about what needs to be done and clarification is apparently required.

Anyone receiving a ransomware / scareware message, do not call the police.

Instead please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (1-888-495-8501) to report it. The public may require the services of a computer technician to have the malware removed.

Anyone who has been a victim of a fraud, meaning money was paid through the ransomware pop-up, please contact your local RCMP Detachment or police force of jurisdiction.

For more information regarding ransomware and tips to protect yourself, please visit the BC RCMP page Computer Fraud Warning – ‘Ransomware’ and ‘Scareware’

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