- Thursday February 13th, 2014 :: 03:58 p.m. EST
Phony IRS scam continues within the twp, suspects now using PD Chief's name. Also, info on vicious comp virus.
Please be aware of a phony IRS scam that has been occurring throughout the township.
Several residents notified the police department that they were contacted by a lawyer’s office that supposedly represented the IRS. The residents were advised that the attorney in consultation with members of the East Brunswick Police Department, particularly Deputy Chief Krause, were heading to court to file complaints against them unless they made payments immediately. The suspect instructed the residents to send money orders or purchase green dot money packs from local stores and provide them with the PIN number in order to make necessary payments.
The IRS is aware of this phone scam and has further information regarding this and similar scams on their website:
Also be aware of a vicious computer virus that has caused severe havoc to some of our residents. The CryptoLocker virus infects your PC and holds your information ransom until you make payment. Once payment is made there is no guarantee that the suspects will unlock your computer. Please use caution when opening up attachments in you email or not updating or installing virus protection.
US-CERT is aware of a malware campaign that surfaced in 2013 and is associated with an increasing number of ransomware infections. CryptoLocker is a new variant of ransomware that restricts access to infected computers and demands the victim provide a payment to the attackers in order to decrypt and recover their files. As of this time, the primary means of infection appears to be phishing emails containing malicious attachments.
CryptoLocker appears to have been spreading through fake emails designed to mimic the look of legitimate businesses and through phony FedEx and UPS tracking notices. In addition, there have been reports that some victims saw the malware appear following after a previous infection from one of several botnets frequently leveraged in the cyber-criminal underground.
For more information please visit:
East Brunswick Police Department
1 Civic Center Dr
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Lt. Kevin F Zebro
Office of Professional Standards