Australian Federal Police warn against scam traffic infringement emails

Site Administrator April 29, 2015 Security

Scammers are a creative and persistent bunch, and you may well find that it's becoming increasingly difficult to filter the factual from the fake in your inbox.

In response to the latest attempt to get you to part with time and money, Australian Federal Police have warned that anyone receiving traffic fines via email should delete them immediately.

Emails requesting payment of a $150 fine for negligent driving started circulating widely this week, and on first glance appear to be genuine with the AFP logo and Commonwealth of Australia copyright notice. However, clicking on any links will result in malware infection and ransomware attacks.

As we've previously advised, be vigilant in managing your emails and look for tell-tale clues before taking action, including:

  • checking sender address;
  • validating links before clicking; and
  • scanning for suspect spelling or grammar errors, or unusual content (the infringement notice for example reports the date of the infringement as 2011 for example)

Suspected scams can be reported to ACORN.

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