Guardia Civil Warning of a New Tráfico Scam

This is a scam that has been revised recently for use by criminals in Spain

The Guardia Civil tweeted a warning to motorists to be especially vigilant should they receive traffic fines from the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) by email as many such notifications are proving to be nothing more than a scam.

Guardia Civil will never notify drivers of fines by email but always by certified mail. (You can check if you have committed an offence by going to the DGT electronic office.)

The message appears credible, containing all of the relevant details regarding your fine;   the place where the offence was committed, info regarding the offence and the amount of the fine. It even states the law that the driver has supposedly broken.

But the truly dangerous element of the notification is the photograph, proof that the violation was committed by your vehicle which, to access, you have to click on a link. With this last simple act the scammers will have achieved their goal, accessing all your passwords and banking information through a program that they have manage to install on your computer.

Guardia Civil say that there are hundreds of drivers who have received this false fine by email and that it is a form of fraud known as phishing. In order to avoid being a victim, they are asking anyone in receipt of such an email to delete the message and report it to the authorities.