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Warning on criminals' anti-virus scam – Flanagan

5 June, 2014 - by Phil Flanagan

Sinn Féin MLA Phil Flanagan has warned of people to be cautious of scammers using the potential ‘Two Week’ computer virus in order to access their personal information.

Mr Flanagan said,

“The ‘Two Week’ virus has been widely reported in the media as having the potential to lock your computer and Internet Service Providers have been contacting those at risk.

“However, unscrupulous people are using the threat of the so-called ‘Two Week’ computer virus in order to access personal computers.

“I have been made aware of people receiving cold calls from companies claiming to represent computer or broadband providers looking for access codes and financial details.

“These opportune criminals are cold calling homes telling them of the threat from the Two Week virus and asking for login and other personal information including financial details.

“They offer computer upgrades, installation of anti-viruses in order to protect the computer from this virus then claim they need credit card details so they can install the software online.

“I would appeal to people not to be taken in by this scam. Never divulge personal information over the phone or through e-mail as genuine Internet Providers do not ask for these details.” ENDS/CRÍOCH

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