NSW Police are warning members of the public to be aware of an SMS speeding ticket scam, claiming recipients have received a speeding ticket, after a number of recent reports.
The mobile phone scam involves messages sent via text to random people, claiming to be from the State Recovery Debt Office, and demanding immediate payment for a speeding ticket, including a fake link to view details of their case.
Acting Commander of the Fraud and Cybercrime Squad, Detective Chief Inspector David Christey, said the scam’s text messages and website look authentic, leading to a lot of people being scammed.
“We are seeing scams such as this one become more complex in their nature and, thus, look and sound more legitimate to the public,” Detective Chief Inspector Christey said.
“This scam involves a text sent to victims and claiming to be from the ‘State Recovery Debt Office’ and many recipients are receiving the message from the number +45609910233.
“Scams via email and text message requesting your bank details or seeking payment for fines or to release money are common, and are often created to look like they are sent from legitimate businesses or government departments such as the Australian Taxation Office and the State Debt Recovery Office.
“If unsure about a message, do not click on the link. Instead, contact police immediately.
“We also stress that personal information, from your birth date and address to your banking details, are incredibly valuable to criminals who can use that information to access your financial accounts or set up fake identities which are then used to commit other crimes,” he said.
If you are unsure of the legitimacy of any message you’ve received visit the Office of State Revenue website or call the Office of State Revenue on 1300 138 118 or Service NSW on 13 77 88.
Cybercrime reports can be made online at www.acorn.gov.au, with reports referred to the relevant policing jurisdiction in Australia. Reports of crime can also be made to any police station or via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Stay Smart Online has information on recognising scam or hoax emails or websites at https://www.communications.gov.au/what-we-do/internet/stay-smart-online.