Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has sent out a warning in regards to a scam email that is circulating the internet.
The email – claiming to be from the police – poses as an alert that the recipient has been caught speeding. Members of the local community have been targeted and informed that they have fines to pay.
It is thought that the email then goes on to do one of two things. It will either request your financial information to pay the fine, or retain your financial information by infecting your computer.
Detective Inspector Martin Hopkinson, of GMP’s Serious Crime Division, said:
“GMP would never send out correspondence via email requesting payment of fines nor will we ask for your personal and financial information.
“I would urge people to delete any such emails and ensure they always have the most up to date security software”.
This is a method of fraud and incidents must be reported by phoning 0300 123 2040 or visiting the action fraud website.
GMP’s Cyber Crime Team has removed the offending website, following the news of its fraudulent activity.