local crime

Extortion by Computer Virus

On March 31, 2016, the Oceanside RCMP received a suspicious complaint, possibly extortion. The complainant, a local businessman in our community advised that he received and opened an unknown email and his computer immediately locked up with a virus. A message appeared on the screen saying that some of his documents were locked and if he wanted the documents unlocked he would have to pay for their release. The local police were subsequently contacted and investigation revealed that unfortunately the sender of the email was not traceable and may have been out of the Middle East.