The General Directorate of Traffic has warned through its social networks of a new attempt at phishing via email. This type of attack has been repeated throughout this year from several false email addresses but with a recurring element.
All the fraud campaigns and attempted data theft that the DGT has detected were related to the payment of a fine. From a fake email address (which this time is ‘email@example.com’), a payment request arrives remembering that the recipient has a fine still pending.
To make the matter official, cyber thieves have placed the logos of the DGT and the Ministry of the Interior at the top of the text, although it is true that the email address already makes us suspect the authenticity of the sender.
The General Directorate of Traffic has wanted to warn of the possible receipt of an email of these characteristics, since the end goal is money theft, data of the recipient of the attack or even the sabotage of systems or the installation of malware.
✖️Do not sting, delete it directly🗑️, do not click on any link. DGT never communicates sanctions like this. pic.twitter.com/ymUWsehurL
– Dir. General Traffic (@DGTes) September 23, 2020
How is a fine notified?
Faced with these attacks, the General Directorate of Traffic reminds that this type of email is not the usual way to notify traffic sanctions. There are three common ways of communicating a fine:
- In hand. The violation is detected at the moment and the agents deliver a copy of the complaint bulletin.
- By ordinary mail. These types of fines, such as speeding tickets detected by radar, require the identification of the driver who was behind the wheel at the time of the offense.
- In the TESTRA. It is the Edictal Board of Traffic Sanctions and there are published all those that have not been notified.
To this day too it is possible to receive the notification by email, but to make use of this type of notifications it is necessary to register in the Electronic Road Address (for free). Therefore, if this service is not activated and an e-mail is received requesting the payment of a fine, it is best to be suspicious.