Australian Federal Police phishing scam – they’re at it again!
Doing the rounds at the moment is an email purporting to be from the AFP, telling you that you’ve got a traffic infringement and you need to click on the button to download the notice.
This email reeks of being suspicious – and it is. It’s a fairly convincing phishing email, until you look at it with a skeptical eye.
How to quickly spot this is a scam
- We are fairly certain the AFP does not issue traffic infringements – that is best left to the state police. The AFP have far better things to do than chase up negligent drivers.
- Why would the AFP send you an email rather than a letter in the mail, and how would they even know your email address?
- It’s anonymous – it doesn’t have YOUR name on it.
- The date of issue and due date are both four years in the past, making this infringement well overdue. More likely the AFP are after you for missing your court date, after you didn’t pay your fine in 2011.
- The email gives you an option to unsubscribe, which is very odd. What would be the purpose of unsubscribe from a notification like this .. so you don’t get any more fines in the future? Sweet!
The link to ‘see your traffic infringement’, actually takes you to a Russian website, selling such random items as 44 gallon drums, rechargeable batteries, and apparently Samsung Galaxy tablets. There doesn’t appear to be any malicious payload either, however we really recommend not to click on the ‘see your traffic infringement’ button anyway.