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Scam Warning: Credentials of Speeding Ticket Sent Via Email

The drivers in Tredyffrin Township of Chester County are targeted by a new malware scam posing as a speeding ticket email. The police of Tredyffrin are advising drivers to overlook any emails claiming to have a speeding ticket, as they never issue this type of violations through email. A local business' employee gets this type of alert through email last week, and then the scam was brought to the police attention.

Interestingly, the message of the scammer contained actual information of traffic route, together with the personal details of the user. The Police Department of Trendyffrin wrote on the portal of Chester County stating that as the scam contain correct information regarding time, speed and location; it is very much suspected that hacking has been done of a 'free mobility or traffic APP' in regards to this scam.

It is supposed to have an app involvement because the prominent part of fake tickets is that they contain information on the driver's name as well as of vehicle and, most importantly, exact details of area they were going through at what time and how quick they were driving; basically an innocent victim would see the ticket and believe it was genuine because of the actuality that the information were correct.

Siliconangle.com posted on March 29th, 2016, stating that victims received notifications asking them to pay fine before the due date, and guides them in downloading an "infraction statement" that is actually a malware that when installed, hijacks the computer of the victim. The email receivers are told that they should pay fine on a site managed by attacker inside 5 days.

Additionally, scam email lures users in opening an attached file to see their speeding ticket. The users are advised by the police not to involve in this kind of emails as although no malware was circulated through this scam, but upcoming versions might also include malware such as spyware, banking trojans, backdoor trojans, ransomware, or even keyloggers.

You can best protect yourself from current scam by installing a trusted antivirus into your computer, and also by configuring for security your email client. Moreover, you can arrange your email clients to block emails and sender having the subject "(External) Notification of excess speed".

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