Previously, Canadians were receiving email notices that appear to come from government authorities such as police for a traffic infringement or violation. The email lists the reason for the infringement, which is usually negligent driving, an infringement number, date of issue and the amount due and states that the fine must be paid immediately. They are then directed to click on a link to make the payment or to click on an attachment.
In this new variation, the email notice claims to be from the Government of Canada and there is photographic evidence of the recipient's/driver's vehicle failing to comply with a speed limit at a specific date, time and location. Enclosed with the email is a photo of the infraction and a link for "photographic data and section 172 notice".
Fraudsters will use the name and logo of legitimate police and government services as a tactic to obtain personal information from unsuspecting consumers. Government bodies and police services do not issue traffic notices via email, nor do they request email addresses during a traffic stop. The CAFC recommends that consumers never click on any link or attachment.
Warning signs - How to protect yourself
- Beware of unsolicited emails from individuals or organizations prompting you to click on an attachment or link.
- Watch for spelling and formatting errors.
- Check the embedded hyperlink in the suspicious email by hovering your mouse over the link to verify the address.
- Go with your gut. If an email seems fishy, it probably is.
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
Competition Bureau of Canada
Ontario Provincial Police
Financial Consumer Agency of Canada
Better Business Bureau
(BBB Locator Tool)
Fraud: Recognize, report and stop it!
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