There is a newly reported phishing tactic that may prove to be very effective. Criminals, most likely using GPS data from compromised mobile phones, will use this data to craft an e-mail with accurate travel information to a specific user. The e-mail will contain a link or attachment to either gather credit/debit card information or load malware to the recipient’s device.
Remember that traffic citations are never emailed or sent out in the form of an email attachment, and report scams like this to your local police department.
A sample scam e-mail is below:
From: Speeding Citation <firstname.lastname@example.org></email@example.com>
To: (Accurate Email Removed)
Date: 03/11/2016 03:08 PM
Subject: [External] Notification of excess speed
First Name: (Accurate Name removed)
Last Name: (Accurate Name removed)
Notification of excess speed
Route: (Accurate Local Township Road –removed)
Date: 8 March 2016
Time: 7:55 am
Speed Limit: 40
Detected Speed: 52
The Infraction Statement contains an image of your license plate and the citation which must be paid in 5 working days.
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