FAKE TICKET OFFERS VIRUS

DAYELIN ROMAN STAFF WRITER
Section: Capital Region,  Page: D4

Date: Thursday, August 18, 2011

ALBANY -- State Police are cautioning Internet users not to open an email claiming to be a "uniform traffic ticket" because the message contains a computer virus.


The email virus threat appears to be from the state Department of Motor Vehicles or State Police, and asks recipients to open the attached zip file -- supposedly a copy of the ticket -- fill it out and send it to a town court.


Police said the email subject line may contain the title "UNIFORM TRAFFIC TICKET" and says, "the person described above is charged as follows."


The ticket lists the time and date of the offense as 7:25 a.m. July 5 and describes the violation as "speed over 55 zone." It then states, "to plead, print out the enclosed ticket and send it to town court, Chatham Hall, PO Box 117."


The attached file instead contains a virus and is being analyzed by the State Police Computer Forensics Lab, police said.


Recipients who do not open the attachment should update and run antivirus software to ensure the computer is secure, police said.


The public is asked not to forward the bogus emails to police.


The hoax follows a similar one that circulated through Yahoo accounts in July. This hoax, police said, targets all types of email.


-- Dayelin Roman