A Europol statement said: "By dressing the ransomware up to look as if it comes from a law enforcement agency, cybercriminals convince the victim to pay the 'fine' of 100 euros [$130; £85] through two types of payment gateways - virtual and anonymous - as a penalty for the alleged offence.
"The criminals then go on to steal data and information from the victim's computer.
Msg#: 4545659 posted 11:06 pm on Feb 16, 2013 (gmt 0)
Um, or in the UK , you get letters from lawyers, your ip address has been traced as downloading from file sharing/p*rnsite pay £x or else. This was actually done, eventually lawyers were struck off in one case, in another they had to have proof that ip address = postal address.