(HURON COUNTY, ON) – Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to warn residents once again about traffic ticket & parking ticket scams that are landing in people’s inboxes.
One recent target, a 63-year-old from Morris-Turnberry received an email claiming to be from “Impark Toronto”. The poorly written “Parking ticket report” requested a $40 payment be made within 14 calendar days for a parking offence. There was also a hyperlink in the email with a bogus photo of the parking offence. The notice was simply another “phishing” email designed to trick the recipient into sending an electronic transfer of funds to the scammers.
The recipient realized this was likely a scam so he contacted police to verify its authenticity. A quick online search revealed the traffic ticket notice was indeed a scam.
Similarly Huron County residents have received email notices from government authorities such as police services for traffic ticket offences. And just recently the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) has issued a warning about a new variation of this scam. Individuals have been receiving email notices claiming to be from the Government of Canada with 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.
Fraudsters will use the name and logo of legitimate businesses, police and government services as a tactic to obtain personal information from unsuspecting consumers. Government bodies and police agencies do not issue traffic notices via email, nor do they request email addresses during traffic stops.
Huron OPP offers the following tips:
Warning Signs – How to Protect Yourself
· Beware of unsolicited emails from individuals or organizations prompting you to click on an attachment or link. Do not click on the links.
· Any unexpected email correspondence regarding parking enforcement should be treated as fake.
· 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. Delete the email.
How to Report Fraudulent Emails
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre toll free number is 1-888-495-8501, the Ontario Provincial Police non-emergent number is 1-888-310-1122 or at www.opp.ca/reporting