You know what a computer virus is right? Something that gets into your computer and causes you some kind of cyber misery! You might be surprised to note that even if you have an anti virus program installed on your computer that they can still sneak in and cause chaos on your computer.
In this post I’ll tell you about a virus which eBay buyers may be more susceptible to than anyone else.
Why? Because ebayers love getting parcels and because curiosity killed the cat!
Action Fraud reported in back in February that those naughty fraudsters are sending out emails which claim there is a parcel waiting for them at their local Royal Mail sorting office.
The scammers are hoping that you’ll be expecting a parcel and let your defences down and open the email. Even if you’re not expecting anything everyone likes to think they’re getting a package and it’s like Christmas or your Birthday if you don’t know what it is!!
The hustlers are preying that curiosity gets the better of you and you open the attachment to learn more. And by doing so you are opening the door to a whole lot of trouble. The email itself isn’t dangerous, it’s the attached virus “Cryptolocker” which if opened and installed encrypts your personal files and holds them to ransom! It demands you pay for their safe release. The rub here however is that it’s a time limited offer, if you don’t cough up the readies before the time expires then the photos of your children that you haven’t backed up are deleted, possibly forever!
So this warning serves to teach two lessons, don’t open suspect emails and back up your important files.
Action Fraud advise:
“If you receive one of these emails, do not click on any links or download any attachments and report it to us.”
Royal Mail advise that unless a customer has actually requested something from them they won’t send emails with attachments so if you get an email like this, either hit the spam button or report it via Action Fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call on 0300 123 2040 or use the online fraud reporting tool.
If you know someone who could benefit from the information here make sure you let them know. I for one am going to make sure my mum knows because I’ve fixed her computer countless times after virus attacks!