Watch out! Notice of Intended Prosecution scam

Have you received a “Notice of Intended Prosecution” by e-mail? If so, it is definitely a scam.

Where a speeding offence has been detected by a camera, Police forces will routinely send out a document requiring the registered keeper of the vehicle to identify the driver at the relevant time, and giving notice of their intention to prosecute. The Notice is headed “Notice of Intended Prosecution”.

Recently, there have been reports of people receiving e-mails – convincing and official looking, and usually with a police logo – stating that the recipient’s vehicle has been involved in a speeding offence and requiring them to submit details of the driver. The addressee is asked to click on a link to see the photographic evidence of the offence.

Clicking any link in the email will install malware (typically “virus” programs that that can be used to collect personal details) on your computer.

No police force in the UK sends out its Notice of Intended Prosecution documents by email: they will always be sent by first class post, for the very good reason that proof of posting is prima facie proof of delivery and enables the Police to mount a prosecution for failure to comply with the requirement to nominate a driver, if the request is not complied with.

So if you receive an “electronic” Notice of Intended Prosecution you can safely ignore it – or better still, report it as a phishing scam to Action Fraud and help protect others too:

For more information on what to do if you receive a genuine Notice of Intended Prosecution follow this link