A number of people in South Yorkshire have recently fallen victim to Ransomware attacks on their computers. Ransomware is a form of malware (software that is intended to damage or disable computers) that attacks your computer, locking you out and demanding payment of a fine to have it unlocked.

The scam urges people to pay a fee using a UKash voucher or a paysafecard to have their computer unlocked. These firms are legitimate and are not involved in this ransomware scam.

The attack uses strong language suggesting that South Yorkshire Police are holding the computer to ransom as the computer is linked to websites containing pornography and child abuse, adult material or terrorist motives. This is not true.

This is a scam. Do not transfer any money or purchase vouchers. South Yorkshire Police would never contact members of the public and demand funds in this way. South Yorkshire is the latest area to be hit by this scam, other police forces have also had their logos abused in this way.