The email informs the receiver that their vehicle has been caught by speed camera exceeding the speed limit, and includes a date, time and a numbered location for the ‘offence’.
In an example viewed by TMR, the email correctly quotes the fine for exceeding the speed limit in NSW by between 10 and 20km/h as $254, and provides a link to facilitate payment of the fine online.
The link diverts unwary victims to a believable but fake version of the NSW Office Of State Revenue website, and prompts them to enter a code to continue.
What happens after that, we don’t want to know…
The fake website can be identified with a ‘.net’ address, rather than the correct ‘.nsw.gov.au’.
While the scam email contains vital elements of a ‘real’ speeding offence such as time, date, and a random ‘penalty notice number’, the location is quoted only as a numbered code and mentions no road or intersection.
The email also fails to mention any details relating to the ‘speeding vehicle’ - such as registration - and in the example viewed by TMR, the word ‘offence’ was misspelt.
In an attempt to make the email appear legitimate, the perpetrator claims “speeding is a factor in one in three fatal crashes”.
The Office Of State Revenue has responded to the scam, reminding motorists in NSW that speeding fines are never issued by email alone.
Early intelligence suggests the perpetrators are based in Denmark and Russia, and NSW Minister for Fair Trading, Matthew Mason-Cox, said scams of this kind succeed because “they look like the real thing”.
“Scams target everyone regardless of background, age and income,” Mr Mason-Cox said.
“I encourage people to be very critical of unexpected requests for money and to be vigilant about ensuring the demand for money is legitimate by checking with the institution that issued the notice.”
The Office Of State Revenue has issued a list (website opens in new window), detailing occasions when it may contact drivers via email or text message.
Anyone doubting the legitimacy of a penalty notice issued in NSW can check via the ‘myPenalty’ or ‘myEnforcementOrder’ services, or call 1300 655 805.