Question

How can I tell if I have received a scam email?


Answer

Below are TWO examples of Scam Emails that has been circulated throughout PLC and Scotch. There are a few things that we can recognize that Indicate it is a Scam.  (Note: Red text has been changed for privacy reasons).
 

  1. The sender is Not an Official or a Company. (E.g. They are not from the Department of Transport, or The Police)
     
  2. You would not receive an email about traffic violations, you would either receive an On The Spot Notice, or a Letter in the Mail.
     
  3. The URL to pay the "fine" is Not on an Official Government Page, and at the end says .zip, which means that it will download a zip file onto your computer.
     
  4. Check that the information they are claiming is correct, (E.g. can you drive? Were you driving that day?)
     
  5. Have they used your Correct Information? (E.g. Is your name correct?)
     
  6. Are there any Other Recipients of the email?
     
  7. Are there any Grammatical or Spelling Errors?

 

It is important that when you see something that you are suspicious of, that you let 1Degree and the Tech Centre know.

 

DO NOT CLICK ON A LINK IF YOU DO NOT TRUST IT!

 

Example Email

From: Lettie Byles <fakeaccount@hotmail.com>
Sent: Tuesday, 22 November 2016 8:01 AM
To: 123456@fakeaccount.scotch.wa.edu.au,123456@fakeaccount.plc.wa.edu.au
Subject: RE:Notification 199214336

You have been registered with a traffic infringement:

Reason: negligent driving

Violation No: 990693023

Date of violation: 23/10/2016 

Amount due: 245.73 AUD

This documentation will be sent by mail to your address. However you can visualize it now, please click here Photo Proof - 928310131 http://ekonisenerji.com/the_details_of_the_url_have_been_changed.zip

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The fee shall be paid within the statutory period of up to 23.11.2016. This is an automated message, please do not reply.

 

Below is a Second Scam email that has been circulating. This one looks slightly more professional, however please be aware that the Police will contact you regarding traffic infringements via Post, not email.

 

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