Scammers are targeting motorists with the PDRM parking fine scam! Make sure you warn your family and friends!
Here is what you need to know about the PDRM parking fine scam!
PDRM Parking Fine Scam Email
People are getting emails warning them that they just committed a parking violation, while offering them a cheap fine if they pay quickly.
Fines Inquiry and Payment
We are writing to draw your attention to a recent traffic violation in Malaysian jurisdiction.
Our traffic enforcement staff have observed your vehicle parked in a no-parking zone. This contravenes section (no. 2016-691] of the Road Traffic Act.
The fine is set at MYR 50. Payment of the fine is required within 7 days of the date of notification, to avoid further legal consequences.
If the fine is not paid within the time limit, you may be subject to legal action, resulting in an increase in the original fine.
Payment deadline: [08/26/2023]
Methods of payment accepted:
Malaysian Police Department
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PDRM Parking Fine Email Is A Scam!
These PDRM parking fine emails are scam emails. This was confirmed by PDRM itself.
On 7 August 2023, the Cyber Crime division of the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) posted an alert warning motorists not to fall for the MyBayar scam.
These emails are designed to scare its victims into action. Hence, it offers a very cheap way to quickly “settle the problem”. However, if you take a breath, and analyse the email CAREFULLY, you will see many problems with it.
- Letter is from PDRM : The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) will never write to you by email.
- Letter is in English : The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) will never write to you in English.
- Typo in the name : The fake email used My Bayar PDRM, instead of MyBayar PDRM.
- Lack of name and personal details : The fake email refers generically to “Dear recipient“, without listing your full name and MyKad number.
- Lack of vehicle details : The fake email doesn’t mention the vehicle make and plate number.
- Lack of location details : The fake email does not mention where the offence occurred, or even when it occurred.
- Fine is much too low : PDRM traffic fines are never as low as RM50. The cheapest fine is RM150 for Category 4 offences, but you can pay as low as RM70 within 15 days.
- No such law : The fake email refers to the Road Traffic Act. There is no such act in Malaysia. The proper name is the Road Transport Act 1987 (Act 333).
- No such section : If you look at the Malaysia Road Transport Act 1987 (PDF download), you will see that there is no such thing as Section 2016-691.
The email appears to be from My Bayar PDRM (typo in the name), but if you inspect the email address, you will see that it was sent by “email@example.com” or “firstname.lastname@example.org” or some other email address.
Obviously, this email did not originate from an official PDRM email address! This should immediately tell you that this is a fake or scam email!
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If you click on the Pay My Fine link in the scam email, you will be taken to a fake My Bayar PDRM website (with the same typo in the name).
You may notice that you now have 7 days to pay the RM 50 fine, instead of just 5 days in the email. Odd, isn’t it?
Also odd is the fact that the page does not mention your name, your MyKad number, your vehicle type and model, or even its plate number! The page also doesn’t mention where the offence took place, or the time you were caught committing said offence.
Do NOT proceed after this point… This is a scam website!
But if you have itchy fingers, and click on the Pay The Fine button, you will be asked to pay for the RM50 fine using your debit or credit card.
Needless to say, PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR DEBIT / CREDIT CARD DETAILS!!!
If you provide these scammers with your debit / credit card details and TAC / OTP numbers, they will be able to charge ANY AMOUNT they want to your credit card, or withdraw ANY AMOUNT they want from your bank account!
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It’s even worse if you are asked to log into your bank account to pay the fine. DO NOT DO THAT!
If you provide them with your bank login and password, as well as OTP/TAC number, these scammers will be able to transfer money out of your bank account!
Please note – this is a scam! This is a phishing attack to gain access to your credit card and/or bank account.
Regardless of how you get any notification from PDRM about any traffic offence you may have committed, you should always check the status through these official MyBayar PDRM options:
- MyBayar PDRM website : https://mybayar.rmp.gov.my/
- MyBayar PDRM app for Android : Google Play Store
- MyBayar PDRM app for iOS : Apple App Store
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