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“NZ Police” fine for downloading scam warning issued

A scam which doesn’t target lawyers, but which could result in inquiries from worried clients has drawn a warning from New Zealand Police.

The scam features a message purporting to be a demand from the New Zealand Police for a fine of $250, to be paid to avoid prosecution for unlawful downloading of software.

National Cyber Crime Centre officer in charge, Detective Senior Sergeant Steve Honiss says it is a scam known as “Ransomware” which has been adapted from previous scams in Australia and the United Kingdom where Queensland Police and Metropolitan Police logos have been used.

He says anyone who gets the computer message should not pay any money and should contact NetSafe in the first instance for assistance to unlock their computers.

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Last updated on the 1st November 2012