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Warnings about scams28

21 July 2015

Derbyshire Constabulary

There are lots of scams around that sound convincing but are designed to trick people into giving away personal details and/or money. Derbyshire Constabulary and other agencies send out regular warnings to try and help people avoid particular people, companies or general scams. Here is the latest scam warning that has come from Derbyshire Constabulary:

Torrentlocker virus

A scam email is currently being sent to victims fraudulently claiming to be from British Gas or The Ministry of Justice. The attached document or link leads to the TorrentLocker ransomware.
 
This malware encrypts files on the victim’s system and requests a ransom be paid in order for the files to be decrypted; one reported amount has been £330 worth of Bitcoins.
 
It has been reported that some anti-virus vendors are detecting this and stopping the pages and or documents from being opened.
 

Protect yourself

 
•    If you receive an email that you are suspicious of do not follow any links or open attachments until you can verify that the email is genuine. To do this contact the organisation that the email has come from by sourcing the number independently from the email received.
•    If you believe the email to be fake, report it to your email provider as spam.
•    Ensure your anti-virus software is up to date this will help to mitigate the potential for virus to be downloaded. It should be noted that anti-virus software is constantly being updated and may not stop all viruses especially if they are new or been adapted.  It has been reported that some anti-virus vendors are detecting this and stopping the pages and or documents from being opened.
•    If you have opened an attachment or followed a link which you believe to be suspicious it is recommended that you run your anti-virus and/or take your machine to a reputable company to have it cleaned.
•    In cases where files have been encrypted it can be very difficult to retrieve them, and in most cases they will be lost. It is recommended that you always back up all files on a separate device or cloud storage to ensure they are not lost. Please remember that if a device is attached to the infected machine the files on this could also be encrypted with the virus so ensure they are kept separate.

 

If you already are a victim of fraud

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it by telephone 0300 123 2040 or online

http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud

short website address for this page is www.ageuk.org.uk/derbyandderbyshire/scams28