(Derby Evening Telegraph (England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) DERBYSHIRE police are warning the public to be vigilant against computer software fraud.
The constabulary says fraudsters are cold-calling members of the public telling them how there is a problem with their computer or device and are often using the names of well-known companies to commit their crime. The offenders then direct the individual to a website where they can take control of the computer and download viruses.
The fraudsters are the only ones that have the capability to remove the virus and are then likely to charge a premium rate to do so, a Derbyshire police spokesman said.
Crime prevention advice includes not disclosing personal information to organisations before verifying their credentials and ensuring that computers have upto-date anti-virus software and fire wall installed.
The police spokesman said: "Banks and financial institutions would never send you an e-mail asking you to click on a link and then confirm your bank details."
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