Police warning after computer virus incidents

Police have warned of a new scam
Police have warned of a new scam

Police have warned residents to be vigilant against a new scam involving cold callers asking for money and threatening to turn off computers.

Two people have been targeted by calls believed to be coming from Greece.

We’ve had two recent reports of a male claiming to be working for Talk Talk calling victims and asking for money

PCSO Mike Duff of Fleetwood Police said: “We’ve had two recent reports of a male claiming to be working for Talk Talk calling victims and asking for money.

“When the request for money has been denied the male has threatened to turn off the victims computer and then proceeds to turn it off, which leaves the computer with a virus and is unable to be turned back on.

“The phone number that calls starts with 0030 – which I believe is the Greek international dialling code.

“Please be vigilant when answering calls from unknown numbers and never hand over bank account details if asked.”

If anyone has any concerns about the callers they are asked to email PCSO Mike Duff on 7676@lancashire.pnn.police.uk or PCSO Vicky Sullivan on 7852@lancashire.pnn.police.uk

Residents can also contact police on the non-emergency number 101.