Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Police Warn Of Traffic Infraction Email Scam

Email scammers have found a new ruse- they're telling people they received a traffic infraction to get them to download a virus. Spokane Police say people have been receiving emails saying they had been issued a traffic ticket and directing them to a an internet link of what appears to be a video of the traffic incident. Upon clicking the link for the video, victims were asked to download the correct player in order to watch it. The complainant then downloaded the "player" but it turned out to be a virus that crashed their computer. Once the virus was downloaded the complainant was unable to turn their computer back on or retrieve any of their saved documents.

Officials say photo enforcement tickets issued by the Spokane Police Department are mailed to violators via the US Postal Service, not email.

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SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.