By Renee Bogatko, Image Credit – Katarzyna Bialasiewicz/123rf.com
ACT Policing’s copped criticism online, over its decision to send speeding fines and other infringement notices via email.
When someone’s pulled over, they’ll be asked if they want the fine in hard copy, or to be sent electronically.
Those who choose to get a digital version will be asked to provide their email address, but if it’s incorrect or false, a hard copy will be sent to the address on their driver’s licence.
There’s some important things police want us to remember..
The emailed fines will always come from an official account and you’ll never be asked to pay in the email.
A printed card will also be given to the person, outlining the offence, date, time and location.
While the change is moving into the 21st century, many locals aren’t convinced.
Many have taken to Facebook to express their concerns, particularly in relation to scams.
“Brace yourself – the phishing/scam emails are coming.” – Dinny
“This really opens the door for scammers as some people still do not understand how to identify real from fake. ACT Policing do great work and should pat themselves on the back, but this is not a good idea at all.” – Craig
“On top of the court subpoenas, Australia Post, delivery notifications and infringements I receive from scammers every day the police decide to do this!” – Linda
“Dumb… scammers be cheering. Finally an easy way into the wallets of Australia’s wealthy capital.” – Barton
Image Credit – ACT Policing
Police are reminding locals to read through the emails they receive, to make sure they’re legitimate.
Any email from ACT Policing that asks for payment is spam.
For more information about scams and how to protect yourself, visit the Scamwatch website.
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