Computer scam that locks screens prompts warning

hi-bc-130115-computer-lock-8colA computer scam that uses malware to freeze your screen and then demands a $100 ransom to unlock it has prompted Vancouver police to issue a warning.

“The scam is a variation of an online extortion that involves ransom ware. Even if the fee is paid by a credit card, the scammers rarely unlock the computer,” police said in a news release Tuesday.

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