Burnaby RCMP warn of online scam

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Burnaby RCMP are warning of a scam that could infect victims' computers with a malware virus.

Dubbed a "scareware" scam, affected computers may freeze up before a pop-up window appears telling the user that the RCMP or CSIS (Canadian Security and Intelligence Service) has frozen their machine or they have been locked out due to suspected illegal online activity.

The pop-up window states the user can unlock their computer by paying an administrative fee. Instructions are provided on making a payment.

To prevent becoming a victim of the scam, people are advised not to click on pop-up windows that claim your computer has a virus. Keep your anti-virus software up to date and scan your computer regularly for viruses. Don't click on links or attachments in emails sent by someone you don't know. Turn on your browser's pop-up blocking feature. And never download anti-virus software from a pop-up or link sent to you in an email.

Anyone who has received a scareware message is asked to report it to local police and the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre (1-888-495-8501).

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