“Infringement Notice” email claims that you have received a fine for negligent driving and should click a link to view photo proof of the incident.
Subject: FW notice 753521385 – 966
You have been issued with a rule infringement:Cause: negligent drivingInfringement No: 878390024Date of violation: 19/11/2016
Amount due: 116.00 AUD
This fee will be forwarded by mail to your address. However you can check it now, please click here
Camera Photo Proof.
According to this email, which is supposedly an official traffic infringement notice, you have received a fine for negligent driving. The email includes the date that the supposed infringement occurred as well as the amount due for the fine and other details. It explains that you can click a link to see “photo proof” of the infringement.
However, the email is not a legitimate traffic infringement notice and the link does not open a photo of the supposed incident. In fact, the email is a criminal ruse designed to trick you into installing malware on your computer.
Details, such as the amount of the supposed fine, the infringement date, and the name of the staff member who supposedly sent the notice may vary in different incarnations of the emails. And, over the last several years, criminals have repeatedly used fake traffic infringement notice emails to trick people into installing malware.
If you receive this email or any message similar to it, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains.
Last updated: November 30, 2016
First published: November 30, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen