Sickening - fraudsters demand money from Weymouth residents over vile images

Dorset Echo: ALERT: Wendy Faulkner's computer was the target of internet scammers ALERT: Wendy Faulkner's computer was the target of internet scammers

PEOPLE are being plagued by a new internet scam that accuses people of viewing vile images online.

Several people have contacted the Echo after falling foul of the scam that claims they were viewing indecent images of children.

The scammers then try to make people pay a fine or risk being targeted by the police.

Pensioners Wendy and John Faulkner from Weymouth say that they were targeted by the scam while they were reading a news article online on their computer.

They said that indecent images of children appeared on the computer screen with a message that claimed they pay a hefty fine or face legal action for looking at the shocking online material.

Mrs Faulkner, 64, said: “I was only reading a news story online when my computer froze and these really alarming images appeared.

“I could see that they were disturbing images of children and I quickly looked away – it was really horrible.

“Then a message popped up saying we had to pay a £100 fee in the next two to seven days or risk a further £8,000 fine.

“The scam said if we didn’t pay the money we could face legal action and up to 10 years in prison for viewing indecent images of children online.”

She added: “The message looked so official and had so much legal terminology anyone could understand why someone would panic and fall for the scam.”

The distraught couple, who live on Melcombe Avenue, Weymouth, spoke of how they finally managed to clear the screen and quickly contacted Dorset Police.

Mrs Faulkner, a retired health visitor, said: “It makes me most angry and upset to think of these poor children.

“When I contacted Action Fraud they told me that people had been tricked and paid the ‘fine’.”

The grandparents are urging other Dorset residents not to get caught out.

Mrs Faulkner added: “We are quite switched on but there are other people out there who might panic in that situation.”

Another victim, who did not want to be named, said: “I was reading an article online when the screen went white and then this official-looking police page popped up and said I had been caught viewing indecent images online.

“It said I would have to pay a fine immediately or face a much bigger fine later on.

“It was frightening but after reading it through a couple of times I realised it had to be a scam.

“I contacted the police immediately and they are looking into it.”

 

Children's charity warn over scam

PETER Bradley, a spokesman for children’s charity Kidscape, said victims should not click on or share the images or pay the fine.

He said: “This scam has been circulating in Dorset recently.

“If it does happen to you, try and take a screen shot of the images and take it to a police station.”

“Children have been browsing the internet when the indecent images of minors have appeared on the screen, which would be very traumatising.”

“Parents should warn their children about this in case it happens.”

 

Internet users need to be on guard

DORSET County Council’s trading standards service manager Ivan Hancock said: “This is yet another illustration of the huge and unwelcome variety of ways in which internet scams seek to fraudulently gain money or personal data from consumers.

“All internet users need to be permanently on their guard against any unsolicited requests for money or personal details.

“The best first point of contact for consumers wishing to enquire about or report this sort of internet scam is Action Fraud, using their helpline or website.”

Action Fraud can be contacted on 0300 123 20 40 or on actionfraud.police.uk

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9:10am Thu 18 Apr 13

islandman says...

What might help is if we knew which website it was they were innocently viewing so that it could be avoided. It would appear it was THAT website that has been highjacked.

Most people tend to watch/read news websites, hence the need to know which one to avoid.
What might help is if we knew which website it was they were innocently viewing so that it could be avoided. It would appear it was THAT website that has been highjacked. Most people tend to watch/read news websites, hence the need to know which one to avoid. islandman

9:30am Thu 18 Apr 13

Dorset Boy says...

islandman wrote:
What might help is if we knew which website it was they were innocently viewing so that it could be avoided. It would appear it was THAT website that has been highjacked.

Most people tend to watch/read news websites, hence the need to know which one to avoid.
Fully agree
[quote][p][bold]islandman[/bold] wrote: What might help is if we knew which website it was they were innocently viewing so that it could be avoided. It would appear it was THAT website that has been highjacked. Most people tend to watch/read news websites, hence the need to know which one to avoid.[/p][/quote]Fully agree Dorset Boy

10:18am Thu 18 Apr 13

stench says...

islandman wrote:
What might help is if we knew which website it was they were innocently viewing so that it could be avoided. It would appear it was THAT website that has been highjacked. Most people tend to watch/read news websites, hence the need to know which one to avoid.
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[quote][p][bold]islandman[/bold] wrote: What might help is if we knew which website it was they were innocently viewing so that it could be avoided. It would appear it was THAT website that has been highjacked. Most people tend to watch/read news websites, hence the need to know which one to avoid.[/p][/quote]take over a website?! check out this guru... stoopid! stench

10:30am Thu 18 Apr 13

A Real Wyke-ite says...

Any elderly user should get a savvy relative or friend to check their PC for security. An up to date anti-virus, firewall and pop up blocker are essential. I've been on the 'net for nearly twenty years and have yet to be targeted (fingers crossed, and a secure PC.)
Any elderly user should get a savvy relative or friend to check their PC for security. An up to date anti-virus, firewall and pop up blocker are essential. I've been on the 'net for nearly twenty years and have yet to be targeted (fingers crossed, and a secure PC.) A Real Wyke-ite

11:59am Thu 18 Apr 13

pigfarmer says...

This is a nasty one that comes in via a flaw in flash player, but it can be quite easy to remove. Start in safe mode and do a system restore to a couple of days previous, and then go online and find a free trojan remover.

Also, DO NOT PAY.

UKASH are the payment handlers, some of their agents are aware of this and will not accept payment for this type of item
This is a nasty one that comes in via a flaw in flash player, but it can be quite easy to remove. Start in safe mode and do a system restore to a couple of days previous, and then go online and find a free trojan remover. Also, DO NOT PAY. UKASH are the payment handlers, some of their agents are aware of this and will not accept payment for this type of item pigfarmer

12:22pm Thu 18 Apr 13

steve_dorset says...

stench wrote:
islandman wrote:
What might help is if we knew which website it was they were innocently viewing so that it could be avoided. It would appear it was THAT website that has been highjacked. Most people tend to watch/read news websites, hence the need to know which one to avoid.
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stench - you sure spoil us with your posts of such great wisdom
[quote][p][bold]stench[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]islandman[/bold] wrote: What might help is if we knew which website it was they were innocently viewing so that it could be avoided. It would appear it was THAT website that has been highjacked. Most people tend to watch/read news websites, hence the need to know which one to avoid.[/p][/quote]take over a website?! check out this guru... stoopid![/p][/quote]stench - you sure spoil us with your posts of such great wisdom steve_dorset

12:42pm Thu 18 Apr 13

Bollard says...

There is free software available from Microsoft to protect your computer available http://windows.micro
soft.com/en-GB/windo
ws/security-essentia
ls-download
There is free software available from Microsoft to protect your computer available http://windows.micro soft.com/en-GB/windo ws/security-essentia ls-download Bollard

12:44pm Thu 18 Apr 13

stench says...

steve_dorset wrote:
stench wrote:
islandman wrote: What might help is if we knew which website it was they were innocently viewing so that it could be avoided. It would appear it was THAT website that has been highjacked. Most people tend to watch/read news websites, hence the need to know which one to avoid.
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stench - you sure spoil us with your posts of such great wisdom
no prob :)
[quote][p][bold]steve_dorset[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stench[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]islandman[/bold] wrote: What might help is if we knew which website it was they were innocently viewing so that it could be avoided. It would appear it was THAT website that has been highjacked. Most people tend to watch/read news websites, hence the need to know which one to avoid.[/p][/quote]take over a website?! check out this guru... stoopid![/p][/quote]stench - you sure spoil us with your posts of such great wisdom[/p][/quote]no prob :) stench

12:57pm Thu 18 Apr 13

hstanko says...

our computer got this virus aswell and it has left the computer unuseable,we took it to a computer shop in town and they managed to remove the virus but it also took alot of programs with it that made the computer work,it was the only laptop we have that the kids could do their homework on as it had windows office.Our laptop also got the virus last year but we got rid of it ourselves but apparently this version is alot more suffisticated,we were only looking at you tube music videos and got it,and we have norton virus on our computer.
our computer got this virus aswell and it has left the computer unuseable,we took it to a computer shop in town and they managed to remove the virus but it also took alot of programs with it that made the computer work,it was the only laptop we have that the kids could do their homework on as it had windows office.Our laptop also got the virus last year but we got rid of it ourselves but apparently this version is alot more suffisticated,we were only looking at you tube music videos and got it,and we have norton virus on our computer. hstanko

1:01pm Thu 18 Apr 13

hstanko says...

lol i mean we have norton virus protection.I think also our virus was a bit different as there were no images just a official looking police page saying we were veiwing images and to pay £100 to unlock the computer,im sorry but you would have to be a bit nieve if you really thought the police would do that.
lol i mean we have norton virus protection.I think also our virus was a bit different as there were no images just a official looking police page saying we were veiwing images and to pay £100 to unlock the computer,im sorry but you would have to be a bit nieve if you really thought the police would do that. hstanko

4:33pm Thu 18 Apr 13

JamesYoung says...

hstanko wrote:
lol i mean we have norton virus protection.I think also our virus was a bit different as there were no images just a official looking police page saying we were veiwing images and to pay £100 to unlock the computer,im sorry but you would have to be a bit nieve if you really thought the police would do that.
You'd also have to be a bit naive to believe that your Great Uncle Tom died in West Africa and has £100m to leave you, but plenty of people fall for it!
[quote][p][bold]hstanko[/bold] wrote: lol i mean we have norton virus protection.I think also our virus was a bit different as there were no images just a official looking police page saying we were veiwing images and to pay £100 to unlock the computer,im sorry but you would have to be a bit nieve if you really thought the police would do that.[/p][/quote]You'd also have to be a bit naive to believe that your Great Uncle Tom died in West Africa and has £100m to leave you, but plenty of people fall for it! JamesYoung

5:55pm Thu 18 Apr 13

WhatThe... says...

The same thing happened to me last year. Without warning I had an official looking page flash up on my computer screen telling me I had viewed illegal images (No I hadn't) and had to pay a 'Fine'. My computer was frozen.
The page used The Metropolitan Police name and logo but obviously wasn't real and of course I realised that it was a Fraud and I hadn't done anything wrong. No I did not pay up either.
My computer was fully protected, so I thought, with Norton Internet Security, but it still got through.
After several attempts myself to get rid of the Trojan, I had to pay a computer expert who got rid of it for me.
The same thing happened to me last year. Without warning I had an official looking page flash up on my computer screen telling me I had viewed illegal images (No I hadn't) and had to pay a 'Fine'. My computer was frozen. The page used The Metropolitan Police name and logo but obviously wasn't real and of course I realised that it was a Fraud and I hadn't done anything wrong. No I did not pay up either. My computer was fully protected, so I thought, with Norton Internet Security, but it still got through. After several attempts myself to get rid of the Trojan, I had to pay a computer expert who got rid of it for me. WhatThe...

10:45pm Thu 18 Apr 13

R950 says...

This "nasty" cropped up on my machine a couple of weeks ago while I was searching for self catering accommodations. At the time I was viewing a series of photos of the interior and gardens of one of the properties. I then couldn’t seem to get rid of the “demanding” page until I simply closed down and restarted in “Safe Mode” using the F8 key which then allowed me to manipulate the system back to normal.,
This "nasty" cropped up on my machine a couple of weeks ago while I was searching for self catering accommodations. At the time I was viewing a series of photos of the interior and gardens of one of the properties. I then couldn’t seem to get rid of the “demanding” page until I simply closed down and restarted in “Safe Mode” using the F8 key which then allowed me to manipulate the system back to normal., R950

11:34am Fri 19 Apr 13

bobby1966 says...

anyone who is not savvy with computers can download the following for free which are easy to run and keep upto date. dont let people charge you to put this stuff on like the shops out there.

1 . microsoft security essentials.
2. crap cleaner
3. malware bytes anti malware

whatever browser you use you will be able to install a plugin so get yourself adblocker and no script which stops ads and pop up flash items

all can be found for free amongst others at filehippo.com
anyone who is not savvy with computers can download the following for free which are easy to run and keep upto date. dont let people charge you to put this stuff on like the shops out there. 1 . microsoft security essentials. 2. crap cleaner 3. malware bytes anti malware whatever browser you use you will be able to install a plugin so get yourself adblocker and no script which stops ads and pop up flash items all can be found for free amongst others at filehippo.com bobby1966

5:56pm Mon 22 Apr 13

voiceof says...

This scam has been going round for quite a while, safe mode/restore doesn't always do the trick, especially if there is other malware infecting your PC (attempting to enter safe mode is rewarded by the PC restarting itself). If in doubt use a reputable PC repairer, leaving a computer without the programs a user needs is not the act of a reputable professional, the repairer concerned should be named and shamed.
This scam has been going round for quite a while, safe mode/restore doesn't always do the trick, especially if there is other malware infecting your PC (attempting to enter safe mode is rewarded by the PC restarting itself). If in doubt use a reputable PC repairer, leaving a computer without the programs a user needs is not the act of a reputable professional, the repairer concerned should be named and shamed. voiceof

3:37am Tue 23 Apr 13

EtaoinShrdlu says...

Sounds better than the chest full of cash buried in the jungle in Nigeria. This one is probably from Albania, they are trying to get the fare to England for coming to claim the dole etc.
Sounds better than the chest full of cash buried in the jungle in Nigeria. This one is probably from Albania, they are trying to get the fare to England for coming to claim the dole etc. EtaoinShrdlu

6:49am Tue 23 Apr 13

bigfatlad says...

EtaoinShrdlu wrote:
Sounds better than the chest full of cash buried in the jungle in Nigeria. This one is probably from Albania, they are trying to get the fare to England for coming to claim the dole etc.
Oh yes its the Echo website and someone's blaming it on immigrants.

Albania is not in the EU, and so its nationals cannot claim JSA or other state benefits on arrival in the UK.

On the other hand, it is a very poor country with some of the most brutal organised crime syndicates in Europe.

Hope that helps.
[quote][p][bold]EtaoinShrdlu[/bold] wrote: Sounds better than the chest full of cash buried in the jungle in Nigeria. This one is probably from Albania, they are trying to get the fare to England for coming to claim the dole etc.[/p][/quote]Oh yes its the Echo website and someone's blaming it on immigrants. Albania is not in the EU, and so its nationals cannot claim JSA or other state benefits on arrival in the UK. On the other hand, it is a very poor country with some of the most brutal organised crime syndicates in Europe. Hope that helps. bigfatlad

5:32pm Tue 23 Apr 13

Howlin Wolf says...

Albania is scheduled for joining the EU after 2015 so we should expect a few hundred thousand of them then to join the rest of their third world brethren.
Albania is scheduled for joining the EU after 2015 so we should expect a few hundred thousand of them then to join the rest of their third world brethren. Howlin Wolf

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