Traffic violation email a scam, police warn
Do not click the link to see the fine and delete the email, police say
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.
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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.
Warning: messages sent to people saying they owe money for negligent driving. It's a <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/scam?src=hash">#scam</a>. Don't send money. <a href="https://t.co/7Mh3l197nx">pic.twitter.com/7Mh3l197nx</a>—@WRPSToday
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 antifraudcentre.ca.
A version warning about the spam email was tweeted by the United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area:
Keep an eye out for this scam in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/KWAwesome?src=hash">#KWAwesome</a>. Always check the email addresses! <a href="https://t.co/wRlJun9998">pic.twitter.com/wRlJun9998</a>—@UnitedWayKW