The Regina Police Service is advising the public of a new email scam that might be showing up in your email.

RPS issued a press release today outlining that the “traffic violation” scam email says that you have been issued with a “rule infringement”, or “speed violation”.  The email says that documentation will be mailed to you, but to clear up the situation now, you can click the link provided and pay now. RPS advises anyone who receives this kind of email to delete the message and do not click the link.

RPS also notes that if you were ever issued a ticket, it would not be sent by email. They also advise to check for other “clues” to determine the legitimacy of the e-mail: check the “sent from” address.  Police and government agencies will not use Hotmail accounts to send information.  Check to see if the same e-mail is being sent to multiple recipients. The lack of address/specific information where the so-called infringement occurred or your license plate number will also be clues that this is indeed a scam.

The Regina Police Service Communications Centre has had more than 25 phone calls today reporting this scam.  Fortunately, none of the callers so far have been victims.

To report the existence or recurrence of phone scams contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (1-888-495-8501) to make a report.  Anyone who has been a victim of this type of scam, or any other, is asked to come into the Front Desk of the Regina Police Service to make a report.  If you have not been a victim, we appreciate that you want to make us aware, but you are not required to call the Regina Police Service.  More information about recognizing scams is available at http://www.reginapolice.ca/resources/crime/crime-prevention-tips/recognize-a-scam/.

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