Fishers residents warned of scam emails regarding speed camera fines; part of school district test

FISHERS, Ind.-- A supposed scam email involving speed cameras prompted a warning from police in Fishers, but it turned out to all be part of a test from Hamilton Southeastern schools.

An email posted by police on Twitter shows the scammers inform a person that they have been detected by cameras for a speed infringement. In this case, it noted negligent driving in Fishers. It gives a case number and fine amount. The email shown had the fine listed at $535.99.

Police said they were alerted to the email Monday morning, determined it did not come from them and sent out a warning to prevent any residents from clicking on the link.

"We do not have any speed cameras here in Fishers so right away we knew that this was not accurate and it required him to pay a fine and click on a link," Sgt. Tom Weger said.

Investigators said they later learned it came from HSE Schools.

"It was a test that everybody passed," Sgt. Weger said.

The district said it partnered with a third party company in March to help educate employees on scam emails. It sends out a template email, of which there are dozens, to employees monthly.

"Anywhere in that 30 day period our employee will receive one of our fake messages," Jeff Harrison, HSE Schools director of educational technologies, said.

The program tracks who clicks and who responds, and if they do, takes them to a screen with tips to prevent them from falling victim again.

"What we have noticed over from May to June and now going in July is our teachers, our employees, are less likely to fall victim to it," Harrison said.

Some security experts recommend companies run testing. Tom Gorup, the director of security operations for Rook Security, said 91 percent of attacks start with a phishing email.

"We can equate it to a fire drill. We all want to run through fire drills to make sure we know what to do when that comes around. We want to do the same thing from a network security perspective," he said.

Gorup said employers need to educated employees on how to conduct themselves on the internet. He also reminds users to not click on links provided in an email, instead surf directly to a site, and to not download any files you weren't expecting or from someone you don't know.

"If you've never actually spoken to the person, would they ever actually email, thinking twice about that," he said.

The school district said it has since removed the speeding camera scam template from the program.