Police issue warning over fake email fines

Maryborough Police are warning residents of an email scam that has risen to prominence in the Central Goldfields Shire in the past week.

The scam sees the intended victim receive an email or text message masquerading as a traffic infringement notice.

The email has a billing reference number, an amount owing, a link to where the bill can be paid and uses the intended victim’s name.

Maryborough Police Leading Senior Constable Sarah Carless said while the email may seem convincing, it is not a practice of Victoria Police to email bills.

“These emails are a scam. People need to be mindful that places like banks, police departments, traffic camera departments, VicRoads and other services of a similar nature just don’t use random emails. They all use hard-copy billing” she said.

For more on this story see Page 2 of The Advertiser, Friday, December 16.

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