It’s a fine scam

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

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

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