It’s a fine scam
IF YOU are going to send an email traffic fine scam to anyone, try to avoid sending one to the spouse of a Road Policing Unit officer.
Multiple people around the state contacted the police by telephone to advise that they have received an email claiming that the recipient had been fined and encouraging them to click a link to view photo proof.
The title of the email that was received was “Re: Notification 715917018” but it is likely to vary.
The police officer’s spouse immediately had concerns, so screenshot the message and forwarded it to local officers.
If you click the link and you will discover malware (malicious software) – likely ransomware.
This is not a legitimate law enforcement email.
The email in circulation does not even claim to be from a specific law enforcement agency. It does not even specify a recipient.
Queensland Police Service traffic offence emails will only be generated to a person if… you have been stopped for a traffic offence by a police officer; you agree to the receipt of an email from the Queensland Police Service to finalise a fine.
Police encourage anyone who receives an email like the above not to respond in any way.
Do not click any links or attachments in the email – if you have already, or you do – expect problems.
Have your computer systems properly scanned for malware and report the loss of any personal information or ransomware incidents through ACORN (the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network).
With the sudden appearance of this email we are expecting to see more of it. Please share this information across your social media forums and let’s all contribute to reducing the chances of our friends and colleagues falling victim. — Senior Constable Steve Smith, MyPolice