A new scam is circulating: Offenders leave fake parking tickets on parked vehicles, regardless of whether they are properly parked. These are marked with the letterhead of the Vienna Provincial Police Directorate and the police logo. The victims are asked to pay a fee because the “police” claim that an offence was committed due to improper parking.
By scanning the QR code on the fake parking ticket, the victims are taken to a payment page where they have to enter their bank details.
The mass phenomenon is a scam.
The police assume that this is a form of “phishing.” However, the mass phenomenon is a pure scam. The aim is to obtain the personal and bank details of the victims and cause them financial damage.
According to the police, the demands should not be responded to under any circumstances. Alleged victims should contact the authorities. Mails or text messages should be checked for spelling or grammatical errors to expose possible cybercriminals. Even apparently genuine telephone numbers or email addresses do not automatically indicate an authentic message.
- source: oe24.at/picture: hp
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