Lancashire email scam: What to do if you are targeted
Police in Lancashire are urging the public to be vigilant followingÂ reports of a scam involving email.
In an email, the sender claims to have hacked the person's account and infected their computer with a Trojan virus, allowing them to access personal data.
The sender then asks for a payment to be sent in bitcoin within 48 hours in order to prevent the recipient's data and files being shared with other people in their contacts.
Anybody who has received a similar email should contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via www.actionfraud.police.uk