Met warns of fake computer unit scam

The fake message claims to be from the Met's e-crime unit. Credit: Metropolitan Police

The Metropolitan Police has warned computer users not to be tricked by a fake online message which claims to be from the Met's Police Central e-Crime Unit. A virus causes computers to lock with a message telling the user that they must pay £100 to unlock it.

The Met is warning users not to pay out or enter their bank details. Similar scams have appeared in several other countries.