New e-mail scam built upon traffic violations
(Ottawa) –The Ottawa Police Service has become aware of a new scam targeting
people in the Ottawa area and other cities.
In this scam, a person receives an email, supposedly from the police,
telling them they need to pay a fine for a traffic violation. The e-mail
advises the recipient that the fine must be paid immediately and directs
them to click on an internet link to make the payment. The unsuspecting
victim is then asked to enter personal information.
The Ottawa Police Service does not issue traffic infraction notices by
e-mail nor do we ask people for an email address during a traffic stop.
Please read such e-mail read correspondence carefully, and if you have any
doubts, it is best to call the proper agency to verify its content before
clicking on any such internet links.
For more information or to report a scam attempt, visit the Canadian
Anti-Fraud Centre at: http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/
or call 1-888-495-8501.
For more information concerning fraud, please visit the Ottawa Police
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