David Stuart

Police warn of email fine scam

POLICE are warning people to be very wary of emails concerning traffic infringements, after a number of NSW residents were sent scam emails encouraging them to pay fake fines.

Last Thursday, the NSW Office of State Revenue (OSR) issued a public warning after being informed of the scam, believed to have been hatched by criminals in Europe.

The Commander of the Fraud & Cybercrime Squad, Detective Superintendent Arthur Katsogiannis, echoed the warning issued by the OSR and reminded NSW residents to make sure they report any suspected scams.

"While the emails being sent appear legitimate, they are in fact completely fake," Detective Superintendent Katsogiannis said.

"Neither the Office of State Revenue nor the State Debt Recovery Office issue fines or penalty notices via email in the first instance.

"If you receive a notice via email, be sure to make a number of inquiries before responding to the email or paying the fine.

"People who receive one of these emails should log on to the SDRO website - http://www.sdro.nsw.gov.au - and enter the penalty or infringement number and offence date to check the validity of their fine.

"They can also phone the SDRO call centre directly on 1300 655 805 to determine whether the fine is real or a scam.

"In addition to ensuring you triple check the validity of the email, if you find that the email is a scam, please make sure you report it to the relevant authorities - Police, Fair Trading and the Australian Government's SCAMwatch website.

"Not only do we want to warn people about these scams, we want to do everything we can to make sure the perpetrators are brought to justice."

Anyone with information concerning scams is encouraged to contact:

- Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/;

- NSW Fair Trading on 13 32 20 or at http://www.nswfairtrading.nsw.gov.au; and,

- SCAMwatch at http://www.scamwatch.gov.au.

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