Traffic violation email a scam, police warn

A new email saying you're guilty of a traffic violation and you need to pay a fine is a scam. Don't click on the link and delete the email, police advise.

Do not click the link to see the fine and delete the email, police say

Anyone who receives an email saying they are guilty of a traffic violation and need to pay a fine immediately should delete it, Guelph Police say. It's a phishing scam. (CBC)

An email saying you owe potentially hundreds of dollars in traffic tickets is a phishing scam, Guelph Police warn.

The email implies the person has been issued a fine after a traffic violation.

The email says the person needs to provide payment for the infraction immediately. It also contains a link, allegedly, for people to see details about the fines – but police warn not to take the bait.

"If you receive an email like this, the Guelph Police urge you to not pay the fees, do not click the links and delete the email," police said in a release.

Anyone who has been a victim of fraud, or knows someone who has been, can contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre by calling 1-888-495-8501 or report it online at

A version warning about the spam email was tweeted by the United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area:


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