Email claims that you have been issued with a traffic infringement and have received a large fine. The email urges you to click a link to download a “Notice Declaration” about the alleged infringement.
The malware that is installed may be ransomware. Ransomware can encrypt the files on your computer and then demand that you pay a fee to online criminals to receive the decryption key. Or, the malware may be designed to steal sensitive information such as banking passwords from the infected computer.
Names, dates, fine amounts, and other details may vary in different versions of these malware emails.
This is just one version in a long line of bogus traffic infringement emails that have been used to distribute malware in recent years.
If you receive one of these emails, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains.
Subject: FW::NOTICE DECLARATION – 908180100768
Hello [Name Removed]
You have been issued with a traffic infringement:Infringement No: AA7282632712
Camera Address:, State-QLD, ZIP-4165
Date of issue: 6/11/2016
Amount due: $ 878.69AUD
Download Notice Declaration
The fee must be accredited within the statutory period of up to 12.19.2016.
Last updated: December 20, 2016
First published: December 20, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
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!