South Australia Police issued a press release today reminding the public about a current scam involving fake fine emails. The warning follows incidents interstate where people have been sent scam emails requiring payment for expiation notices for offences they did not commit. SAPOL urges anyone who receives one of these emails, not to click on any links or pay any money.
Neither SAPOL or the Fines Recovery and Enforcement Office issue fines or expiation notices by email and people should treat any notification of this type as suspicious. While the scam emails and prompts may look genuine, they are 100 per cent fake and people should not to pay these fraudulent fines.
Information can be found about the expiation notice process at http://www.sapol.sa.gov.au, follow the service and events link to expiations.
If an email is received, people can also phone the Expiation Notice Branch call centre directly on (08)8463 4388 to ensure the fine is genuine.
Anyone who feels they have been a victim of this scam and has paid money should contact their bank or financial institution in the first instance, then report the incident to SCAMwatch on 1300 795 995.
SAPOL also remind people to take care to protect their identity online. Online safety tips can be found at https://www.police.sa.gov.au/your-safety, follow the crime prevention link.