Red Deer RCMP are warning about a new text message scam involving speeding violation tickets.

Red Deer RCMP, along with other police agencies, have received reports of a new scam that is circulating throughout Canada. The scam involves the victim receiving a text message stating that their vehicle has been detected exceeding the speed limit and has a link to a website to pay a ticket. Do not click on the link and do not make any payments to the website.

 Red Deer RCMP would like to remind the public that no government or police organization issues tickets via text messaging. If you receive any suspicious text messages do not reply and do not click any links. If you are unsure if a message or phone call is fraudulent, RCMP encourage you to contact the person/business/organization to confirm.

If you suspect you have been a victim of fraud, please contact Red Deer RCMP at 403-406-2200 and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre either by telephone 1-888-495-8501 or online at Victims of identity fraud should also report the incident to Canada’s credit bureaus, Equifax and Transunion. To report crime online, or for access to RCMP news and information, download the Alberta RCMP app through Apple or Google Play.