According to this email, which purports to be from the Australian Federal Police (AFP), you have been issued with a traffic infringement and must pay a fine within 14 days.
The email contains a link that supposedly allows you to view your infringement notice.
The email includes the AFP logo and, at first glance, may appear to be an official police notification.
However, the email is not from the AFP and the link does not open a traffic infringement notice.
Clicking the link takes you to a website that checks the operating system you are using. If you are using Microsoft Windows, ransomware may then be downloaded to your computer.
The AFP has issued a media release warning people about the attack. The media release notes in part:
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is urgently warning the public of an email scam currently circulating throughout Australia and internationally that requests payment for a bogus AFP Traffic Infringement Notice. The scam email initially asks the recipient to pay an ‘AFP fine’ of approximately $150. If links within the message are clicked, the recipient’s computer is infected with malware which renders it inoperable. At that point ransomware is activated where the recipient is asked to pay thousands of dollars to reactivate their computer. AFP National Coordinator Cyber Crime Adrian Norris has said anyone who receives the email should delete it immediately.
Details in the malware emails may vary. If you receive one of these emails, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains.
You have been issued with a traffic infringement:
Reason: negligent driving
Infringement No: 18293019380
Date of issue: 07/04/2011
Amount due: $150.00 AUD
Due date: 10/05/2011
To see more information please view your infringement notice. see your traffic infringement
Payment must be made within 14 days from the date of service of the infringement notice or the reminder notice.
You may apply for an extension to pay the infringement notice penalty, or to dispute the liability, within 28 days from the date of service of either the infringement notice or the reminder notice.
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Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!