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Fake Speeding Infringement Notice Opens Drug Store Spam Site

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Infringement notice email claims that you have been caught speeding by a verified speed camera and must pay a fine. The email includes links that supposedly allow you to pay the fine or view the speed camera images. 

Brief Analysis

The email is not a genuine speeding infringement notice. The links in the email open a suspect online pharmacy website that tries to sell you various medications without the need for a doctor’s prescription. Buying medications from such sites may be dangerous and the sites should not be trusted with your credit card details. In some cases, the sites may also contain malware.

Example

Subject: Infringement notice ID – 697228643

Infringement notice details:
The goal of this infringement notice is to inform you that you have exceeded the speed limit. Exceeding applicable speed-limit on length of road – by 10 km/h or more but less than 20 km/h. The violation of speed limits has been detected by verified speed camera (within the meaning of the Road Transport Act 2014).
** The Offence carries 3 demerit points.
INVOICE               VIEW CAMERA IMAGES
We will send you a penalty reminder notice giving you a further 28 days to finalise the fine if you do not finalise your penalty       notice by the due date. If you have an overdue fine, you may have your driver’s licence suspended or be refused vehicle registration.

 

Detailed Analysis

‘Infringement Notice’ Email Claims You Must Pay Speeding Fine

At first glance, this email may look like a genuine traffic infringement notice. The message claims that you have been caught speeding by a ‘verified speed camera’ and must pay a fine.

The message includes an ‘Invoice’ button as well as a button that supposedly allows you to view the alleged speed camera photographs. The email warns that failing to pay the fine may result in the suspension of your driver’s licence.

Notice is Fake – Links Open Pharmacy Spam Website

However, the infringement notice is not genuine. Clicking the buttons in the fake message takes you to a spammy drugstore website that tries to sell you all manner of pharmaceutical products.

If you bought products on the site, you may or may not actually get the products you ordered. But, if you do get the drugs, you could be risking your health by taking them. There is no way of knowing if the products are what they purport to be.

And, since you don’t need a prescription to buy the products, you might be inadvertently putting your health at risk by taking medicine that is unsuitable for you. It could also interfere with other medications you are taking with serious repercussions.

Furthermore, any company unscrupulous enough to spam out deliberately deceptive emails in order to trick people into visiting their website certainly should not be trusted with your credit card details. Often, the sites do not even use secure pages for their order forms, which further risks your credit card details.

And, in some cases, the sites may attempt to trick visitors into downloading malware.

Such drugstore spam campaigns are very common. The spammers who operate these campaigns know that at least a few of the people who they trick into clicking links will stay around on the site and actually buy products.

If you receive one of these spam emails, do not click on any links that it contains.

Similar Tactics Used in Malware Attacks

Note that fake traffic infringement notice emails have also been used to trick people into opening attachments or visiting websites that contain malware.


Importance Notice

After 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 You

I 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 Date

Hoax-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!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer