Email scammers have found a new ruse- they’re telling people they received a traffic infraction to get them to download a virus. Spokane Police say people have been receiving emails saying they had been issued a traffic ticket and directing them to a an internet link of what appears to be a video of the traffic incident. Upon clicking the link for the video, victims were asked to download the correct player in order to watch it. The complainant then downloaded the “player” but it turned out to be a virus that crashed their computer. Once the virus was downloaded the complainant was unable to turn their computer back on or retrieve any of their saved documents.
Officials say photo enforcement tickets issued by the Spokane Police Department are mailed to violators via the US Postal Service, not email.