Scam: Think twice before paying that traffic fine
MARIAN resident John Green received a traffic infringement notice via email - which was a little strange given he doesn't have a car registered in his name.
He said the infringement notice was numbered, but the camera section was blank. The email stated that he owed $955.03, and told him to download a declaration.
So he jumped straight on the phone to Queensland Police who told him it was a scam.
"If I downloaded the declaration, then what would happen to my computer," he said.
"Some old person is going to get caught out."
He said police told him that they only send out infringements if requested.
It wasn't the first time Mr Green has been targeted. He has also received emails saying he owed money to the Australian Taxation Office.
Again he identified it as a scam immediately, because he once worked for the tax office.
"They (Australian Tax Office) just don't do that (send emails)," he said.
The emails being sent to drivers appear to be legitimate infringement notices, police have warned.
"Any person receiving an infringement notice from police through email or on their telephone who are concerned about the legitimacy of the infringement notice should remember that the Queensland Police Service only send Q Notices (etickets) to persons who they have intercepted and spoken to face to face," Senior Constable Candice Strain said.
"In such instances, the person will be asked if they are prepared to accept the infringement through email or on their mobile telephone (smart device)."
Anyone who has received an email or phone message but have not had contact with police is warned not to open any links or attachments in the email and delete the message.
If you have opened the malicious file or have fallen victim to the scam, it is recommended that you report the matter through Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN).
If you have recently had face-to-face contact with a Queensland Police Officer and are uncertain of the authenticity of the infringement notice email, please contact Policelink on 131 444.