‘Final Notice’ email purporting to be from a collections agency called ‘Australian Recoveries’ claims that you owe money to Parking Patrols Victoria and should click a link to download your infringement notice.
Subject: Australian Recoveries – FINAL NOTICE 8847-7983Dear Sir/Madam,FINAL NOTICERE: PARKING PATROLS (VIC) PTY LTD
Claim No: Amount: $55.60
Payment Notice id: Issue Date 03/31/2016
Deadline: 04/07/2016Funds for the Payment order that you created hasn’t been received.
If you are responsible for this payment order, and judicial procedure have been taken to recover the the debt,
legal fees and interest charge may be incurred. The restoration of these charges can be enforced. !!!
We are writing to you because, PARKING PATROLS (VIC) PTY LTD has given us a fine penalty.
We remind you that you have a deadline to pay the fine (or appeal against it) until 04/07/2016,
otherwise the fine will increased up to $ 88.
In case of ignoring this message legal action will be taken against you, as well as the all the expanses for the law suit, penalties and fees may apply.
To discover more details you need to cheack out your own infringement notice:
According to this email, which claims to be a ‘final notice’ from a collections agency called Australian Recoveries, you own money to Parking Patrols Victoria for parking fines. The rather threatening email claims that, if you don’t pay by the specified deadline, the debt will increase and legal action will be taken against you.
The message urges you to click a link to discover more details about the supposed infringement notice.
However, the email is certainly not a legitimate debt collection agency notification.
If you do click the link, you will be taken to a website that appears to belong to the collections agency. Once on the site, you will be prompted to download a .zip file that supposedly contains your infringement notice.
The exact malware payload may vary. But, it is most probably a version of the Locky ransomware. Once installed, Locky will encrypt all of the files on your computer and then demand a ransom to receive an encryption key.
If you receive one of these emails, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains.
Last updated: April 1, 2016
First published: April 1, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
“Locky” ransomware – what you need to know
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!