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Police Send Warning about New Fraudulent ‘Speeding Fine’ Email

manchestereveningnews.co.uk posted on December 6th, 2016, stating that Greater Manchester Officers are advising public to remain careful from the new scam - as IT users of the region have received fake emails that claims to be of the force.

The fake e-mail seems to be of GMP and states location, time and date of a suspected speeding offence. Issuances of speeding fines are not done through e-mail as per GMP, and thus GMP advised users not to reveal their personal details.

Evan Kelly, Better Business Bureau Sr. Communications Advisor serving the Mainland BC, said that people all over the country are receiving e-mails which are scam.

Kelly said, "they look like an urgent call to action, and contain a link that they want you to click, saying they have photo proof of the infraction." The scammers might ask for the credit card data; or it may be that if you click on the enclosed link, then ransomware or malware will get installed on the computer.

People are getting warned to not click at all on any of the links. People are warned that they will risk their computers of getting infected with 'malware' or viruses, once responding to fake fines.

Detective Inspector Martin Hopkinson, from Serious Crime Division of GMP, said: "Police are aware of a scam e-mail circulating informing the recipient they have been caught speeding." This is a fake e-mail and might ask to submit your financial or personal credentials, or try to infect computer with the malware. "Once your computer is infected with malware, cyber criminals may be able to access your personal and financial information which could be used to defraud you."

GMP will never send any correspondence through email asking for payment against fines, nor will they request for your financial and personal information. The GMP is advising people to delete such type of emails, and asking people to have the most updated security software. Victims may report such type of activity directly to action fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or call at 0300 123 2040.

Cyber Crime Team of GMP has acted quickly related to the reports, and has removed offending website that was hosted outside UK.

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