Some 36 Brits were scammed out of Â£100 each by malware that posed as police messaging on more than 1,100 computers, according to a press release.
The ransomware was installed on the devices after people accessed infected websites, and caused the PCs to freeze and lock, with a message allegedly coming from the British e-crime Unit, advising users to pay a fine to unlock their computer.
â€œThis is a fraud and users are advised NOT to pay out any monies or hand out any bank details,â€ Police representatives said. â€œThis scam is now affecting many countries in Europe and further afield, with each email tailored to include the branding of that country’s law enforcement agency.â€
UK authorities strongly recommend that users install antivirus software, and â€œroutinely updated to keep pace with new threats as they are discovered.â€
Police didnâ€™t make any arrests yet, but their investigations continue to trace those responsible for the malware. Europol are also coordinating with European law enforcement agencies on the same scam.