This Scam ‘Police’ Email Saying You’ve Been Caught Speeding Should Be Deleted Straight Away

Motorists are being urged to ignore a scam email telling them they have been caught speeding.

Northumbria Police is issuing a warning that fraudsters are attempting to extract money from people, by claiming to be from a police force.

Officers say realistic emails claiming to have “photographic evidence” of drivers breaking the limit have been circulated.

And they are now urging people to delete the message immediately, as it will install a virus on your device which can hack your details.

A scam email claiming to be from Greater Manchester Police has been sent out to motorists. Northumbria Police is warning people of a similar scam in the North East.
A scam email claiming to be from Greater Manchester Police has been sent out to motorists. Northumbria Police is warning people of a similar scam in the North East. (Image: GMP)

The scam leads to a ‘banking trojan malware’, a virus that hacks into your computer and can access or track your personal information, police say.

Anyone who received the email is also warned not to click on any of the links including a red box embedded in the text.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “If you are caught speeding in the Northumbria Police area we will only notify you by sending a letter, a Notice of Intended Prosecution personally addressed to the registered keeper of the offending vehicle or to the nominated driver.

“This letter, which will be sent via Royal Mail, never e-mail, will include the vehicle details, date and location of offence, a unique reference number and has the Northumbria Police emblem in the top right. That’s how you know it’s legitimate.”

If you do receive a suspicious email report it to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk/

If in doubt, contact the Northumbria Police Fixed Penalty Unit on 01661 863618