Alert Priority HIGH – New AFP traffic infringement scam

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12 October 2017
New AFP traffic infringement scam
Fake emails claiming to be traffic infringement notices from the Australian Federal Police, contain a link to the notice that can steal your financial details if you click on it.
These widely circulated fake emails look convincing at first glance, but the subject line ‘Your info about violation is now public’ does not sound official.
Clues that this is a scam email include that it is not personally addressed, there are no details about your number plate or the offence, and the fine includes cents.
In addition, there is nothing in the email that relates to your personal information now being public, only some fake details about the traffic infringement.
There have been numerous similar scam emails in circulation over recent weeks with variations on the ‘notice’ theme.
If the ‘notice’ is downloaded onto your computer, it may install financial Trojan malware that can steal your banking credentials and empty your account.
Example of the current AFP traffic infringement scam.
Example of the current AFP traffic infringement scam.
What to do if you receive one of these scam emails
If you receive fake emails like these, delete them immediately. Never click on links or open attachments in an email unless you are sure of the sender.
More information
Watch our videos presented by Marc Fennell on the simple steps you can take to stay safe online. Make sure to share them with your family and friends.
To find out how to protect yourself from ransomware, go to Stay Smart Online.
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This information has been prepared by the Attorney General’s Department (‘the Department’). It was accurate and up to date at the time of publishing.
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