WA Police and Consumer Protection acting commissioner David Hillyard are urging West Australians to beware following reports of fake traffic fine emails being sent across the state.
The emails contain the WA Police logo and are being sent by scammers hoping to dupe West Australians into paying fake traffic fines and giving up personal information.
Acting commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said real traffic fines are either given on the spot by an officer or sent by regular post and contain specific information about both the vehicle and offence.
“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.
“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.”
Mr Hillyard also warned people not to click on any of the email’s links.
For more information about the scam go to the state government’s Scamnet website.