Wednesday 23 May 2012
Internet fraud Warning
The scam itself involves popup messages appearing on peoples home computers, claiming to be from West Yorkshire police, saying that they have detected illegal activity on the computer, and that they need to make contact quoting a voucher code in order to pay a standard fine.
The scam is said to be so convincing that many have fallen for it already.
West Yorkshire Police's Detective Inspector Frank Naughton says;
“We are continuing investigations into this scam and want to remind residents to be wary of it and not to pay if they receive this message. This fraud is very deceiving as not only does it use convincing legal jargon, it also misuses the Force crest and logo.
“If you see this message on your screen report it to us straight away and do not reply or attempt to pay.
“Work continues with other forces to locate those responsible for this fraud and I would again remind residents that no Police Force would ever contact residents demanding a cash fine for computer misuse.”
The scam is thought to be UK wide but has been very active in the West Yorkshire region.
People are being advised to contact West Yorkshire Police on 101 is such a message appears on their computer screen.