City Employees Receive Traffic Ticket Scam Email

Today in Fuzz: Scammers target city employees; Georgetown biz burgled, neighbors complain about rise in crime.

1) Police say some “overseas” ne’er-do-wells sent a scammy email to “hundreds” of city employees, disguised as an email about a traffic ticket.

The emails—which police say also contained a “poisoned link”—went something like this:

From: 
Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 8:18 PM
To: 
Subject: SEATTLE TRAFFIC TICKET

Seattle — Department of Motor Vehicles
TRAFFIC TICKET
SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT
THE PERSON CHARGED AS FOLLOWS
Time: 0:11 AM
Date of Offense: 20/12/2011

SPEED OVER 50 ZONE
TO PLEAD CLICK HERE AND FILL OUT THE FORM

Except for the crazy backwards metric-date, and the fact that the city doesn’t have a DMV or email out tickets, it looks totally legit, right?

SPD is now working with Microsoft to find where the emails came from.

2) Burglars stole between $17,000 and $25,000 worth of equipment from the Georgetown Music Store earlier this week, and neighborhood residents seem to think the big-time burglary is proof that Georgetown is being “plundered by car prowlers, thieves and metal scrapers,” according to an email sent around the neighborhood.

The email on a neighborhood listserv says that “During the late part of December until now—there have been car break-ins, thefts, and other crimes almost EVERY night. If the “broken window” theory is true—which I believe it is—these “minor” crimes will escalate.”

Georgetown community members have asked police to come to a meeting next week to discuss the supposed uptick in crime.

Here’s the list of items taken from Georgetown Music:

2001 Gibson ES-135 (Black), 2 P-100’s, aftermarket Bigsby, aftermarket Kluson tuners, Serial #: 01531302

1964 Silvertone 1446 Hollowbody (Black), Chris Issac 1446, cracked input jack, aftermarket tuners, Gibson mini-humbuckers, factory Bigsby tremolo

1973 Fender Strat (Natural), stock pickups, maple neck

1979 Fender Strat (Black) #S906474

1989 Gibson Melody Maker (Black), white pickguard

1981 Fender Lead III (Sunburst), Serial # E100710

2009 Eric Johnson Strat (White) #EJ05118

1996 50th Anniversary Fender Tele (Sunburst) #70584

Mid 90’s Korean Squire Bullet (White)

Mid 90’s Korean Squire Pro-Tone (White)

Wire Revolver (Sparkle Red)

Parts Strat (Red)

90’s made in Japan Strat (Gold Body/Black Hardware/Neck)

Gretsch Corvette (Orange), original Filtertron pickup

1999 Heavy Metal Strat (Black) w/Floyd Rose, HSS pickups

Fender Frankencaster, natural w/tortoise pickguard, HSS pickups, tele neck, strat body

1970’s Univox Pro (Sunburst), two humbuckers

1986 Ibanez Roadstar II Bass (Black)

1999 Fender Jazz Bass (Sunburst), “BACA” carved into body

1996 Fender P-Bass Fretless (Black)

Epiphone EB0 Shortscale Bass (Red)

Alesis Multimix FX 8

Tascam MKII 414 Portastudio