Ignore scam emails with fake WA Police fines

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Consumer

Emails with the WA Police logo are being sent by scammers hoping to dupe West Australians into paying fake traffic fines.

Consumer Protection and WA Police have received numerous reports from people who have received the emails which look authentic but are bogus.

Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said real traffic infringement notices are either given on-the-spot or sent by post.

“WA Police do not send infringement notices by email or text so don’t be fooled into clicking on any links, making payments with credit cards or providing any personal or financial information to the scammers,” Mr Hillyard said.

“The real infringement notices contain much more detail about you and your vehicle as well as information on the day and time of the offence and, in some cases, photos from cameras.

“The scam email just has a generic offence and a fine total and an invitation to click on a link to get more information about the offence. Do not click on the links and delete the email immediately!

“At this stage we don’t have any reports of anyone losing money to this scam and we would like to keep it that way.”

To check whether an infringement is real, go the WA Police website www.police.wa.gov.au and click on the infringement tab or call the police on 9374 4555.

For information on scams visit www.scamnet.wa.gov.au or enquiries can be made by emailing wascamnet@commerce.wa.gov.au or calling 1300 30 40 54.

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Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Dec 2016

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