News

Police issue warning over scam speeding email

26 Oct 2017 09:00 AM

badge-03_tcm4-91219 [View Full Size]

Police are issuing a warning about a scam email in circulation trying to extract money from people for speeding, fraudulently claiming to be from a police force.

Don’t fall foul of this scam. 

Fraudsters are targeting motorists with realistic emails claiming to have "photographic evidence" of speeding. People are being urged to immediately delete the email - as it will install a virus on your device which can hack your details. The scam leads to a banking trojan malware - a virus that hacks into your computer and can access or track your personal information.

Anyone who received the scam email is urged to delete it immediately and not click on any of the links including a red box embedded in the email.

If you do receive a suspicious email report it to Action Fraud.  Visit https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

 If you are caught speeding in the Northumbria Police area we will only notify you by sending a letter, a Notice of Intended Prosecution personally addressed to the registered keeper of the offending vehicle or to the nominated driver. 

This letter, which will be sent via Royal Mail, never e-mail, will include the vehicle details, date and location of offence, a unique reference number and has the Northumbria Police emblem in the top right. 

That’s how you know it’s legitimate. 

If in doubt, contact the Northumbria Police Fixed Penalty Unit on 01661 863618.