A high incidence of infringement notice scams have been operating – only this week I was contacted by a close friend who had received an email regarding an infringement notice. The email was similar to the following:
A savvy Beaudesert-er received an email advising they allegedly had been detected with a traffic infringement due to negligent driving and that they owed $116 AUD.
The email then advised them to click on the link in the email to view proof.
The resident was cautious as they felt the email looked ‘dodgy’ as it had no police emblem or details on it and it had ‘AUD’ after the amount owed, therefore they immediately assumed it was from an overseas scam.
Since September last year, police have been issuing e-tickets which are electronic infringement notices. Since October this year, the QPS are trialling the choice of electronic delivery of e-tickets via email or Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS).
However, e-tickets will only be issued via MMS or email if a person has volunteered to receive it in this manner and has had face-to-face interaction with a QPS officer in relation to the incident.
If you believe you have may have received a fraudulent email or a scam, and have not recently spoken to a QPS officer regarding a traffic offence, then do not open any attachments or click on any links, delete the email immediately.
If you have unfortunately responded to an email and have sent money please contact and report this to ACORN – Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network at https://www.acorn.gov.au.
Pass on this information to your friends and family, do not let them get caught out.
To learn more about QPS’s new electronic infringement notices watch this: https://youtu.be/RV4qB7NVKxE.