Fake “Notice of Intended Prosecution” Email Links to Malware

“Notice of Intended Prosecution” email purporting to be from Greater Manchester Police contains details of a supposed speeding violation. The email includes a link that supposedly allows you to check photographic evidence of the violation.

Brief Analysis:
The email is not from Greater Manchester Police and the link does not open device data about a speeding violation as claimed. Instead, the link opens a fraudulent website that tries to trick you into downloading a .zip file that harbours malware.  If you receive one of these emails, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains.

Notice of Intended Prosecution Malware Email

Detailed Analysis:
According to this email, which purports to be a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) sent by Greater Manchester Police, you were caught exceeding the speed limit at a specified location. The message, which features the Greater Manchester Police name and logo, contains details of the alleged violation and includes a “Check Fixed Speed Device Data” button that supposedly gives you access to photographic evidence depicting the incident.

The email is professionally presented and at least at first glance, may appear to be a genuine police notification. However, it is not from Greater Manchester Police and the speeding violation described is just a ruse designed to trick you into clicking the link.

If you do click the link, you will be taken to a fake website that has been designed to look like the genuine Greater Manchester Casualty Reduction Partnership website. To further the illusion of legitimacy, the fake site asks you to fill in a captcha box, ostensibly to allow access to the “photographic evidence” of your driving offence. After you hit the “submit” button on the captcha, a .zip file will download to your computer.

The .zip file contains a JavaScript (.js) file. If you then open this .js file , the JavaScript will download and install malware on your computer. The malware may be ransomware that can encrypt the files on your computer and then demand that you pay a fee to online criminals to get the decryption fee. Or the malware may be designed to steal information such as your banking login credentials.

The time and location of the supposed offence and other details may vary in different incarnations of these emails.  If you receive one of these messages, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains.

The ActionFraud website notes that:

NIP’s are never sent by email, they are always sent through the post using a Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) registered address.


Last updated: December 8, 2016
First published: December 8, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
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