22 January 2018

Police to send infringement notices via email but warn of scammers

| Ian Bushnell
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Real vs Fake infringement notices. Photo: Supplied by ACT Policing.

Photo: Supplied by ACT Policing.

The public can now opt to receive traffic and parking infringement notices by email but police are warning them to be aware of any fake notices that may demand payment via a link.

ACT Policing said that new capabilities for officers meant Traffic, Criminal and Parking Infringement Notices could now be sent via email.

Officer in Charge of Traffic Operations, Station Sergeant Marcus Boorman said that although individuals would be expecting fines via email, the public still needed to exercise caution when opening infringement emails.

“Make sure you read through the email to ensure it is legitimate. All infringements will be sent from an official AFP email address and include a digital version of the infringement notices,” Station Sergeant Boorman said.

“If you receive an email from ACT Policing that asks for payment and includes any links, it’s spam.”

When someone is issued with an infringement notice, they will be asked if they would like it to be provided via email or hard copy. If they choose the email option, they will be asked to provide their email address.

If an email address is incorrect or false, a hard copy of the infringement will be sent to the address listed on their driver’s licence.

A printed card will also be provided to the person issued the infringement, which will outline the offence, date, time and location.

Infringements from ACT Policing will:

  • Be sent from an official AFP email address;
  • Include a digital version of the infringement notice (or notices);
  • List the details the person provided to police when they were stopped.

Previously, ACT Policing issued Traffic Infringement Notices (TINs) on the spot or via the mail.

If you believe you have been a victim of a scam infringement email, report it to the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN).

For more information about scams and how to protect yourself, visit the Scamwatch website at https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/

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