In a renewed attempt to help tackle the threat of 'ransomware' malware and other online scams, leading online cash payments provider, Ukash, has joined forces with leading police authorities and anti-malware partners to launch www.avoidonlinescams.net.
The hub offers internet users up-to-date news, tips and advice on the latest online scams, including links to instructions and free software to remove ransomware.
Ransomware scams generally take the form of malicious software, malware, which locks users out of their infected computer and then demands a 'ransom' or 'fine' for unlocking. This malware often displays a message that claims to be from the police, saying the computer has been targeted for legal reasons. Payment by online case is then requested, and even if payment is made the computer remains infected.
"Ransomware uses alarming messages to frighten people into responding and paying the spurious fine," explains David Cox, Head of Customer Experience, Ukash. "These attacks on internet users are a growing problem and can be very convincing. And none of the malware is connected with the payment methods with which they are often associated. We, therefore, take this issue very seriously, which is why we have launched www.avoidonlinescams.net.
"We have a dedicated team working with law enforcement agencies to provide assistance if any scams are identified that use Ukash as method of payment. We want to remind people that Ukash must only be used to pay online and at genuine websites, never to pay fines."
Anyone who has used Ukash for such a fine should contact Ukash immediately on 00800 247 85274, and the company will attempt to block the Ukash code before it is used. They should also report the crime to Action Fraud UK on 0300 123 2040.
"Ukash should only be used with organisations an individual has verified are legitimate," concludes David Cox. "However, fraudsters are coming up with new scams to target vulnerable internet users all the time. The launch of avoidonlinescams.net aims to stop these criminals in their tracks, by keeping the public informed about the latest scams and how they can protect themselves online."