There is a new scam appearing in people’s inbox that seems to come from a government authority. Fraudsters are posing as police services or Government of Canada authorities and sending an email for infringements such as negligent driving or other traffic violations. The email lists the reason for the violation, an infringement number, date of issue and the amount due stating that the fine must be paid immediately.
The email may claim to have photographic evidence of the recipient/driver’s vehicle failing to comply with a speed limit at a specific date, time and location. They may even use the name and logo of legitimate Police and Government services as a way to obtain your personal information.
Government bodies and police services do not issue traffic notices via email, nor do they request an email address during a traffic stop. The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre recommends that consumers never click on any email or attachment from an unknown source.
WARNING SIGNS – How to Protect Yourself
- Beware of unsolicited emails from individuals or organizations prompting you to click on an attachment or link.
- Watch for spelling and formatting errors.
- Check the embedded hyperlink in the suspicious email by hovering your mouse over the link to verify the address.
- Go with your gut. If an email seems fishy, it probably is.
If you think you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or report online at http://www.antifraudcentre.ca.