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Email Crashes Computer: Read Warning

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Police Department is warning the public about a possible computer virus that could find its way into your email inbox. According to police, the virus comes disguised as a email notification of a traffic infraction.

Police received word from a victim of the email. That person told police that they received an email saying they had been issued a traffic infraction and the email led them to an Internet link with what appeared to be a video of the infraction. When the victim clicked on the link for the video they were asked to download the correct player in order to watch it. When the person attempted to download the player their computer crashed because it was actually a virus, according to police.

The victim was unable to turn their computer back on or retrieve any of their saved documents.

Spokane Police are asking people to be skeptical of unsolicited emails. Those emails could be attempts to get money or information from an unsuspecting person. In this case, they can also be damaging to your computer and compromise your personal information.

With the advent of photo enforcement and the possibility of confusion between a fake traffic infraction and portions of photo enforcement citation being online, SPD wants to remind people how actual photo enforcement tickets are issued.  Photo enforcement ticket from Spokane are mailed to violator via the US Postal Service. You can click here for more information about Spokane Police Department's photo enforcement program.

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