Crime & Policing

Beware of scam speeding tickets

Warning over bogus emails aimed at stealing your banking details

If you have received an email claiming you have been given a speeding ticket recently – beware. It could be a scam.

A spate of bogus tickets, claiming to have been sent out by Greater Manchester Police, have been reportedly sent to numerous victims across the UK – including at least one in Humberside.

Detective Constable Andy Banks, from the economic crime team, said: “These are nothing more or less than phishing emails which aim to con victims into clicking on a link that will install a Trojan on their computer, enabling the fraudster to steal their banking login details.”

The email claims to be a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) and goes on to claim the force intends to prosecute the recipient under Section 1 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988.

It gives details of the alleged violation and then asks the recipient to click on a link to ‘check the photographic evidence’.

However, rather than taking their victim to a photograph the link instead installs malware on their computer.

DC Banks said: “There are a few signs to look out for that could suggest the email you have been sent is a scam.

“The wording of the email and the grammar are often not quite right. For example, in the report we received locally, the wording said: ‘In accordance with Section 1 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988. we (without a capital W) hereby inform you that it is intended to take proceedings against the driver of motor vehicle. (sic)’.

“The circumstances of the offence may also seem unusual. Not only will it be very unlikely you were anywhere near the location stated at the time the ‘offence’ is said to have been committed, but the speed it’s claimed the vehicle was travelling at may also be extremely high.”

If you receive a suspicious email, don’t click on any links or attachments and don’t reply to it.

Instead, take a screen grab and report it to Action Fraud or call them on 0300 123 2040.

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