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Monday August 5th, 2013

Posted at 2:32pm

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The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP)has learned that it’s name is being used in a computer scam.

Police say that individuals report a frozen computer, or they have been locked-out of their computers, after receiving pop-up messages warning that the computer has been associated with pornography.

These warning messages claim to be from the CACP and tell the recipient to pay a “fine” so the computer can be “unlocked.” The message also claims that if the “fine” is not paid within 72 hours, criminal proceedings will commence against the user.

“These types of messages, commonly known as “scareware”, are designed to create such shock and anxiety that victims respond by sending money quickly,” states the RCMP.

Police say that if you receive one of these messages please be aware that it is a scam and has not been issued by the CACP. Do not pay the $100 “fine”. Being “locked out” of your computer is an indication that your system may have been infected with malware and you will need to take steps to address that problem.

If you have received a “scareware” message please report it to your local police office and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-850.

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