Australian Federal Police virus scams

afp-logoThere are now two AFP (Australian Federal Police) Viruses going around, Please beware.

 

1) AFP Traffic Infringement scam email (latest)

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is urgently warning the public of an email scam currently circulating throughout Australia and internationally that requests payment for a bogus AFP Traffic Infringement Notice.

The scam email initially asks the recipient to pay an ‘AFP fine’ of approximately $150. If links within the message are clicked, the recipient’s computer is infected with malware which renders it inoperable.

At that point ransomware is activated where the recipient is asked to pay thousands of dollars to reactivate their computer. It is advise that anyone who receives the email should delete it immediately.

The AFP have stated that they never sends out traffic infringement notices via email, so if you have received an email that purports to be from the AFP and have doubt about its authenticity, do not make a payment or provide personal details. The email scam looks legitimate and contains AFP branding and may be from email addresses like TrafficInfringement.afp.org, TrafficInfringement.afp.com. or similar.

Payment of this Traffic Infringement Notice will not go to the AFP, your money will be going to scammers overseas.

The AFP said that this was a timely reminder to ensure your anti-virus software is current and those who may have received the email to consider running a virus scan of their computer in case it has been infected.

If your computer has been compromised by this virus, please contact the IT guys to have it removed professionally simply contact us here

2)  AFP Ransom lockout scam (UKash)

Please be aware of the following scam which has been around for some time but we have just seen again on a clients computer here in Perth. After a few minutes the following image takes over your PC or laptop and locks you out, rendering your computer inoperable.

Australian-Federal-Police-Ukash-Virus

This is caused by a computer-virus which tries to get you to use purchased credits to pay a fine to the Australian Federal Police of $100 using an online payment system called Ukash.

Now it’s important to point out that Ukash, like Western Union, is a legitimate business and they are not associated with this scam. Ukash provides a service for consumers who want to send cash overseas quickly or buy things online using a voucher bought with cash. Ukash is based, as the name might suggest, in the UK and it’s regulated by the Financial Services Authority there. Ukash vouchers are available in set denominations – $20, $50, $100 and so on, up to $500 – at small shops, newsagents, delis and video stores across many countries, including Australia.

DO NOT DO PAY ANYTHING, IT IS A SCAM the scammers are trying to steal your money.

Our Western Australian government has issued a warning over the missue of Ukash vouchers here

And Ukash themselves issue a number of warnings on their own site here

Now back to the scam. What appears on your screen says the following:

AFP Australian Federal Police
Attention!
Your PC is blocked due to at least one of the reasons specified below. You have been violating “Copyright and Related Rights Law” (Video, Music, Software) and illegally using or distributing copyrighted content, thus infringing Article 128 of the Criminal Code of Australia. Article 128 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of 2 to 5 hundred minimal wages or a deprivation of liberty for 2 to 8 years.
You have been viewing or distributing prohibited Pornographic content (Child Porn/Zoophillia anr etc.) Thus violating article 202 of the Criminal Code of Australia.
Article 202 of the Criminal Code provides for a deprivation of liberty for 4 to 12 years. Illegal access to computer has been initiated from your PC, or you have been… Article 208 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of up to AUD $100,000 and/or a deprivation of liberty for 4 to 9 years.
Illegal access has been initiated from your PC without your knowledge or consent, your PC may be infected by malware, thus you are violating the law On Neglectful Use of Personal Computer. Article 210 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of AUD $2,000 to AUD $8,00.

To remove this virus you need to create a boot-disk using a commercially available virus removal program or a virus removal boot disk program such as AVG Rescue.

If your computer has been compromised by this virus, please contact the IT guys to have it removed professionally simply contact us here

Need more help?

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08 6118 2601 
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  1. IT Guy - December 18, 2013 Reply

    Ukash, like Western Union, is a legitimate business and they are not associated with this scam or the criminals behind it.

    Ukash provides a legitimate service for consumers who want to send cash overseas quickly or buy things online using a voucher bought with cash. Ukash is based, as the name might suggest, in the UK and it’s regulated by the Financial Services Authority there.

    Ukash vouchers are available in set denominations – $20, $50, $100 and so on, up to $500 – at small shops, newsagents, delis and video stores across many countries, including Australia.

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