HM Courts & Tribunal Service Email: How The Scam Works
Beware of a new fraudulent email circulating in the United Kingdom, known as the HM Court & Tribunal Service Scam, aka the fake Penalty Charge Notice. It is similar to the HMRC Scam call or the Cadbury Hamper, but it’s related to traffic.
The original content of the email is below, including grammar mistakes:
“HM Courts & Tribunal Service”
“This penalty Charge Notice has been sent to you as the registered keeper.”
“Total cost: £25″
“For the following: the use of a vehicle on a road in the charging area which a charging scheme applies without payment of the appropriate charge, at the date and location stated below:”
“Location: United Kingdom”
“If you do not respond before the end of the period of 28 days beginning with the date of service of this notice a charge certificate may be issued which would increase the penalty charge to £100.”
“Failure to then pay the increased penalty charge may result in the outstanding balance being registered as a debt in the County Court. You have 14 days beginning with the date of service of this notice to pay the discounted penalty charge of £25. if this is not paid by 01/10/2020 then the full penalty charge of £50 is payable.”
“Name: [your real name]
Penalty Charge Notice Number:
Automated payment reference:
“How to pay your Penalty Charge”
“To pay by Credit or Debit Card, click here to pay by card online & click on Pay a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN). This is the quickest and easiest way to pay and receive a receipt as your payment is immediately credited to Charge Notice.”
“CLICK HERE” (compromised link)
“Telephone 0343 222 3331 (temporarily unavailable)”
Penalty Charge Notice: How To Avoid The Scam
As you can imagine, clicking on the link takes you to a dangerous site where you must provide not only personal information but also the credit card number (see more credit card scams here).
What’s interesting is that the HM Courts & Tribunal Service email features your real name, a sign that the scammers have lists of targeted individuals (marks) probably purchased from third-parties.
HM Courts & Tribunal Service: How To Report a Scammer
Warn your family and friends about the HM Courts & Tribunal Service Scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
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