Greater Manchester Police have warned motorists of a new scam whereby an email is received alleging that you have been involved in a road traffic offence. The email purports to be a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) and confirms the alleged offence that your vehicle has been involved in.
However, the email is fake and has been sent by fraudsters. Clicking on links within the email or opening attachments is likely to lead to malware being installed onto your computer or you may be directed to fake website where users will be asked to provide other personal data.
Detective Inspector Martin Hopkinson, of GMP’s Serious Crime Division, said: “Greater Manchester Police is aware of a scam email circulating informing the recipient that they have been caught speeding. This email is fraudulent and may ask you to give your personal or financial information or attempt to infect your computer with malware.”
GMP has also confirmed that they would never send out such notices by email or would request payment of fines or other financial information.
We at Burton Copeland can also confirm what a genuine Greater Manchester Police Notice of Intended Prosecution, which will always be served in hard copy by post, looks like
When you receive a genuine Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP), you are required to provide details of who the driver was on the day of the offence. Failure to do so can result in a fine of up to £1,000 and six penalty points on your driving licence. If you have received such a notice, we can assist you, please contact us or read more on the law of failure to provide drivers details and how we can help here.