Kettering homes targeted by mystery DVD packages

They arrived in the post yesterday (June 22)

By Alison Bagley
Wednesday, 23rd June 2021, 3:52 pm
Updated Wednesday, 23rd June 2021, 3:54 pm

Northamptonshire Police have warned residents that CDs or DVDs being sent through the post with a Tyneside postmark should not be used on any devices as they might contain viruses.

The unsolicited mail, that arrived in an envelope with a second class stamp, contains a disk with files that appear to be court evidence.

Several addresses in the south of the town have been targeted with the packages and are thought to be a scam.

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A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said: "We had three reports yesterday – two in Edward Road and one in Martin Road regarding these DVDs that appear to have been sent from the Tyneside area.

"We are advising people to call us if they receive anything of this nature and not to play the DVDs on any devices as they may contain viruses."

Fraudsters may try a number of different approaches to try and install a virus onto computer systems.

They may send you unsolicited email that asks you to click on a link or open an attachment, or send you some removable media in the form of a CD/DVD/USB stick in the hope that the person receiving the item will insert it out of curiosity into their computer.

The virus could potentially stop devices from working, corrupt the data, monitor your online activity and read the keystrokes from passwords or re-direct users from legitimate websites to fake websites.