Computer threat and knife complaint

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Springhill Police update

SPRINGHILL – A Springhill family got an unwelcome ‘pop up’ message on their computer recently, according to Springhill Police. The message told the computer owner and user their computer had been associated with illegal downloading and/or child pornography. After receiving the message, the family’s computer was ‘frozen’ and they were directed to send $100 to get it unlocked.

“These warning messages appear legitimate and appear official claiming to be from the RCMP,” said a written statement issued by the police.

Police are asking people who receive a similar message to contact their local police or call the Canadian Anti-fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

The police agency also responded to a house fire on Victoria Street that resulted in a total loss of the structure. The fire service attended the blaze as well, which occurred around 5 a.m. April 2.

Finally, Springhill police arrested an adult male Apr. 1, charging him with possession of a weapon dangerous to the public and uttering threats. Police were responding to a complaint of a female being threatened with a knife. The male will appear in Amherst Provincial Court.

Organizations: RCMP, Canadian Anti

Geographic location: Victoria Street

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Recent comments

  • Andrew Smith
    May 08, 2013 - 00:08

    Yes! that is absolutely true, many scams are going on now a days that locks the system screen and demand for a good amount to unlock the system. That all are the works of cyber criminals to earn money, not of any authentic legal organization. Computer user must not scare of those fake messages and try to remove those critical malware program.

  • Mr. Chow
    April 09, 2013 - 09:00

    To Annon, If the software exploits is Windows based and they have a fix for it then yes Windows Updates will fix a lot of it. Remember Microsoft just puts out there OS's with no real testing or fixing. This is why they have all the patchs and upgrades done. So again if you are running a windows machine and the the exploit is your OS then patchs will fix it. So not to be rude Annon but please make sure you educate yourself before you put out something that you do not know about. Now if you are talking about software exploits that is not OS related then look at the other software makers for updates to there software. Or better yet again stop using WIndows.

  • Annon
    April 08, 2013 - 19:49

    windows updates do not protect u from software exploits mr chow

  • Mr. Chow
    April 04, 2013 - 17:15

    About the computer issue there are ways to make sure this does not happen to you: 1. Stop using Windows these viruses and this is a form of virus attacks Windows users. Start using a Mac or Ubuntu (Linux) machine. 2. Do all of your updates for your operating system and anti virus/malware. 3. DO NOT open up files that you do not know what they are. Even if they are coming from someone you know. They might be infected as well. 4. Educate yourself about these issues.