Fake Speeding Ticket Emails Distributing Ransomware

Monday, November 3, 2014
All users should be wary of a new scam email campaign pretending to be a speeding ticket issued by a government authority such as the NSW Office of State Revenue.

The ‘Penalty Notice’ email and the website appear to be authentic, featuring convincing official design and branding and replicating official statements about the offence. The email includes an ‘ACT NOW’ button, this button links to a website where you are prompted to download a file containing details of a penalty notice. This file contains ransomware.

They look like the image shown below –

If you receive this email you should delete it immediately. These messages are a scam and the ransomware could severely impact your system.

NSW Office of State Revenue has also advised it does not issue penalty notices or reminders by email.

The emails are likely to be detected and blocked by your email filters, but in the event that you receive any emails similar to those shown above we recommend that you take care to ensure they are legitimate BEFORE you click on any links or visit any pages linked to a suspect email.

If you have received an email that you feel may be a fake we recommend that you delete it immediately, and then let your IT support know so they can attempt to locate the source.