Traffic Infringement/Violation

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.

Image is taken from traffic camera footage, and shows a street lined with cars
Description below of ticket

Speed Fine Notice
According to Section 1 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988. We herein inform you that it is bethrothed to take proceedings against the driver of car.

Specification of the Offence

  • Date: June 25, 2017
  • Speeding Camera ID: 6GR78
  • Vehicle Speed: 72

We have photographic evidence that the driver of auto failed to comply with a speed limit at the date, time and location.

You have been indicated as driver of the car at the time of the alleged offence and have a legal liability to obey with the provisions of the announcement.

The photographic data and section 172 notice

Whether you agree with the penalty or not you must complete the section 172 announcement declaring who was driving the car at the time of the violation within 24 days.

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.

Were you a victim?

Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
Toll-free: 1-888-495-8501

Competition Bureau of Canada
Toll-free: 1-800-348-5358

Ontario Provincial Police
Toll-free: 1-888-310-1122

Financial Consumer Agency of Canada
Toll-free: 1-866-461-3222

Better Business Bureau
(BBB Locator Tool)

Fraud: Recognize, report and stop it!

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