March 12th 2014
Our colleagues at Action Fraud, the UK's national fraud reporting centre, has flagged a number of calls from the public reporting having received emails that claim they have to pay a parking fine.
The scam emails, which originate from [email protected], have been spoofed to make it appear as though they have been sent from justice.gov.uk. They are not from the Ministry of Justice or GovDelivery, and should be deleted immediately before opening the attachment, replying or forwarding.
The emails ask you to download “photographic evidence and forms for making payment”, but the attachment is likely to contain a virus.
A recent example of this phishing email reads:
Subject: REMINDER NOTICE DO NOT IGNORE
Your vehicle was recorded parked on our Clients Private Property at Katherine Road
driveways from 12.13.23PM to 14.40.36PM on the 11.02.2014 and remained on site for 2 hour 27 min. A notice was sent to you on 6.03.2014 which gives 28 days to pay full PARKING CHARGE or challenge the issue.
The amount of £70.00 is now due if payment not received within 28 days, an additional 40.00 administration charge will be incurred. Failure to pay the full outstanding balance within 14 days of the date of this notice could result in the outstanding balance being registered as a debt against you. You will also become liable for additional costs and interest invoiced. Your ability to obtain credit in the future could be affected.
We are holding photographic evidence on file to support this claim.
YOU CAN FIND COPIES OF PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE AND FORMS FOR MAKING PAYMENT IN ATTACHMENT BELOW.
If you fall victim to this scam, report it and receive a crime reference number by calling Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or using their online fraud reporting tool.