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COMPUTER users are being warned of an internet scam that has hit the county.

People receive a pop-up message claiming to be from Strathclyde Police or the Metropolitan Police Service.

The message says the person’s computer has been locked by the police and they will need to pay a fine at a cashpoint or online.

Hampshire Constabulary has received reports about 22 such incidents – which includes seven reports in Havant and five in Portsmouth – in December.

Detective Inspector Justin Torgout, of Hampshire Constabulary’s Force Intelligence Bureau, said: ‘The scam has absolutely nothing to do with either police force or the police service in general – no police force would ever ask the public for money in this way.

‘If this happens to you, please remember this is a scam. Do not pay up and report it to the police.

‘Prevention really is the best cure, which is why it’s crucial to make people aware of these scams.

‘If you are concerned about security, it’s recommended you seek specialist advice to protect computer.’