Ottawa Police warns: New e-mail scam built upon traffic violations

November 24, 2016

Ottawa – The Ottawa Police Service has become aware of a new scam targeting people in the Ottawa area and other cities.

 OPS traffic violation scam email

In this scam, a person receives an email, supposedly from the police, telling them they need to pay a fine for a traffic violation. The e-mail advises the recipient that the fine must be paid immediately and directs them to click on an internet link to make the payment. The unsuspecting victim is then asked to enter personal information.

The Ottawa Police Service does not issue traffic infraction notices by e-mail nor do we ask people for an email address during a traffic stop.

Please read such e-mail read correspondence carefully, and if you have any doubts, it is best to call the proper agency to verify its content before clicking on any such internet links.

For more information or to report a scam attempt, visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at:  or call 1-888-495-8501.

For more information concerning fraud, please visit the Ottawa Police Website .