Fake infringement notice emails are changing all the time.
Fake ‘City Council’ infringement notice
WA ScamNet has received a report about a fake infringement notice claiming to be from the ‘City Council’.
Real traffic infringement notices are either given on-the-spot or sent by mail not email or text message.
This email does not have a proper council name, just ‘City Council', and real infringement notices contain much more detail about you and your vehicle, as well as information on the day and time of the offence plus, in some cases, photos from cameras.
So don’t be fooled into clicking on any links, making payments with credit cards or providing any personal or financial information to the scammers.
While the name on fake infringement notice emails changes all the time, clicking on links and downloading from these emails can cause malware to be installed on your computer or device.
Do not click on links in emails from unknown sources - delete immediately.
Stathmore Cricket Club
Previous examples include one from Stathmore Cricket Club who have since placed a warning on their website advising of the email hack.
The email subject line reads "please read E-ticket" and the body of the email says you've been issued with an infringmenet notice and asks you to download your e-ticket.
Clicking on links and downloading from these emails can cause malware to be installed on your computer or device.
You should not click on any links and should delete the email immediately.
Ignore scam emails with fake Police fines
Emails are being sent by scammers hoping to dupe West Australians into paying fake traffic fines.
Originally Consumer Protection and WA Police have received numerous reports from people who have received the emails which look authentic but are bogus. See below for other samples of previous versions of this scam.In October 2017, WA ScamNet recieved more than 200 reports of a fake traffic infringement scam with various subject lines including “RE:Dear driver” or “Look at email” or “Please read your notice!”. The email claims to contain information on a traffic infringement – with an infringement number, date of violation and amount due. It also contains a link to download the infringement.
Earlier in 2017, Scammers were also pretending to be from Queensland Police. The latest email address comes from “winne au fines” firstname.lastname@example.org which is not an official Queensland police email address which usually ends @police.qld.gov.au.Real traffic infringement notices are either given on-the-spot or sent by post.
WA or Queensland Police do not send infringement notices by email or text so don’t be fooled into clicking on any links, making payments with credit cards or providing any personal or financial information to the scammers.
The real infringement notices contain much more detail about you and your vehicle as well as information on the day and time of the offence and, in some cases, photos from cameras.The scam email just has a generic offence and a fine total and an invitation to click on a link to get more information about the offence. Do not click on the links and delete the email immediately!
If you are unsure you can check whether an WA traffic infringement is real by visiting the WA Police website and clicking on the infringement tab or calling the police on 9374 4555.