Tipton County Sheriff’s Department
COVINGTON, TN -Recently, the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office has received a complaint regarding the Cyber Police Virus scam. The scam, designed by cyber criminals, presents you a fake warning on your Android phones and tablets telling you that you have to pay a fine to offset illegal activity on the device. The purpose for the scam for the criminals to earn money.
Anyone who uses the internet could fall victim to these type of scams. Although you may have a protection program on your phone, the hackers are able to bypass these programs. Some of the Cyber Police Virus scams infect your device and locks the screen with the appearance it is from law enforcement sources. The lock indicates you must pay a fine in a designated time period or face legal disputes in the future. The screen locks, in some cases, even have your picture attached to the warning to make the scam look official. Most victims will pay the fine to have the device “unlocked” to have access to their phone again, but, after they pay the fine, the virus remains on the device. The virus must be removed manually from the device. In some cases, the fine consists of a request for a $100.00 ITunes card which is an obvious “red flag” that it is a scam.
“If you receive a Cyber Police Virus, please do not send any money to these cyber criminals. This is yet another example of the extent hackers will go to take your money. If you have additional questions or need assistance removing the virus, please contact your local computer technician for more information.”
If anyone has been a victim of these scams, please call the Criminal Investigations Division at 901-475-3300, Central Dispatch after hours at 901-475-4300, phone in tips at 901-475-3307, email tips to Sheriff@tiptonco.com or Facebook Sheriff J.T. Pancho Chumley.
This article originally appeared as a press release from the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office.