Nobody likes to be informed that they’ve received a speeding ticket, but in today’s world of speed cameras and intersection flash-blubs, the practice of receiving a ticket without encountering a cop is becoming more common. Some enterprising ne’re-do-wells have apparently decided to take this to their advantage, and are now spreading a virus via fake email speeding tickets.
The email’s trickery largely relies on the fact that it appears to come from a government address (nyc.gov, to be specific) which helps the email’s credibility. It also attempts to work magic via false specificity by claiming that recipients were speeding at 7:25 am. That’s made up, of course – but anyone who happened to be on the road at that time might be inclined to think this makes the email legit.
Once the email has earned your trust, it directs you to open an attachment which is supposedly a form that can be filled out in response to the ticket. Instead, it’s a typical Trojan Horse virus.
If you do receive such an email, you can rest assured it’s not legitimate by fact that it’s an email. First notification of a speeding ticket via email would be unusual to say the least. In addition, the email text doesn’t provide any personal information about the recipient (such as name or address) which is an easy giveaway that the email is bogus. Finally, the Chatam Hall which is referred to in the email doesn’t exist.
Should you receive this email, simply delete and ignore it. It is harmless so long as you don’t open the attachment. Don’t forward the email to the police, either. They’re well aware of the trickery.
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