Derbyshire police are urging motorists to remain vigilant following reports of bogus parking fines.
Fraudsters are contacting victims by email claiming that they have to pay a parking fine when they have not been in the area at the time of the incident.
The email contains a suspicious attachment where victims are asked to download a form for making a payment and photographic evidence of the parking incident.
The emails originate from firstname.lastname@example.org and have been spoofed to make it appear as though they have been sent from justice.gov.uk. These emails are not from the Ministry of Justice or GovDelivery.
Detective Inspector Rob King, Head of the Derbyshire Economic Crime Unit said: “I would like to urge anyone that receives one of these emails not to open the attachment as it is likely to contain a virus. Instead delete the email and report the incident to Action Fraud.”
Detectives have teamed up with Derbyshire County Council and Derby City Council in a bid to Stamp out Fraud in Derbyshire.
The countywide drive focuses on increasing public knowledge of different types of fraud to protect Derbyshire residents from becoming a victim of the crime.
To find out more about visit the dedicated Stamp out Fraud page at www.derbyshire.police.uk/stampoutfraud
If you think that you have been a victim of this type of fraud call 101, the non-emergency for Derbyshire police. To report a fraud call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit www.actionfraud.police.uk.