Fake traffic fines infecting computers

The Australian Federal Police have issued a warning on fake traffic infringement notices circulated by email which may infect computers with malware with a simple click.

The scam email initially asks the recipient to pay an ‘AFP fine’ of approximately $150. If links within the message are clicked, the recipient’s computer is infected with malware which renders it inoperable.

At that point ransomware is activated where the recipient is asked to pay thousands of dollars to reactivate their computer.

Anyone who receives the email should delete it immediately.

If you think you have received a fraudulent email please report it to the Australian Cyber Crime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) immediately or to ScamWatch.

Read more about this alert and other related scams at WA ScamNet.