Police Email Scam Alert

An alarming scam Police email has started appearing. Essentially, the email claims that the driver has received a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) for a speeding violation and that the Police are taking action. The contents of the email appear legitimate with the time, date and location of the alleged speeding violation. The email is complete with Police branding, recently with the Greater Manchester Police logo but we’re sadly confident that the Metropolitan Police one will soon follow. According to Action Fraud they receive reports of over 400,000 phishing email cases every year, 31% of them contained potentially harmful hyperlinks.

DO NOT CLICK ON UNSOLICTED EMAILS CLAIMING TO BE FROM THE POLICE. THE DVLA WILL ONLY SEND PENALTY NOTICES BY POST.

 

Tips and Advice

  • Don’t Click – on any unsolicited emails. Delete them! Especially those claiming to be from the Police or DVLA
  • Reply to sender? – Never! Do not reply to the email or contact the sender.
  • Clicked the link already? Do not submit any information.
  • The DVLA – will not communicate with you via email. Instead, they will correspond by post.
  • Pay attention – Is the email address different from the organisation it says it’s coming from.
  • Dear “nobody” – Is the email addressed to you by name? The DVLA and the Police will ALWAYS address you by your full name in their correspondence.
  • Contact – your bank and credit card company if you suspect that your personal and financial details may have been compromised.

 

To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool.

 

Reassura is dedicated to helping raise awareness of scams and fraud along with the impact they have on their victims. Reassura’s team of specialist anti-fraud advisors are here to help members make better decisions and avoid falling victim to scams and fraud.

For further information or for advice and assistance regarding any potential scam, call Reassura on 0800 888 6400