Police issue warning over Darling Downs scam

POLICE are warning Darling Downs residents about a resurgence in scammers.

Warwick Police have received several calls in the past 24 hours about people receiving an email or SMS that claims to be from the Australian Federal Police.

It claims to be a fine for negligent driving. The amounts can vary but the scammers are using an issue date of January 18 with the fine to be paid by February 18.

The attachment appears to be a virus - although many people have tried to open it to see the fine.

Warwick Police say it is a scam.

"Police services don't at present issue notices such as this electronically," a police representative said.

"If you recieve such a thing do not open the attachment, disregard the e-mail/text and delete it.

"If possible block the number/address so you don't get any more.

"Don't pay it as once they have your credit card details they may have the ability to clean out your bank accounts or take some other malicious action.

"If you recieve anything like this you can refer to Scamwatch or ring the agency that supposedly sent the email or text direct and check with them."

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.