Scam Alert : Queenslanders targeted with fake $168 failure-to-vote penalty notices

Fake fines of $168, issued for failing to vote in this month's federal election, are being sent out to Queenslanders.

The Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) has received complaints about the fake failure-to-vote penalty notices.

"The notice states the penalty is for not voting in the recent federal election," an ECQ spokesman said.

"The ECQ does not administer the federal elections and does not issue penalties for failure to vote in federal elections."

ECQ said the false notices could be identified by the following misinformation:

A reference to the "Australian Electoral Commission Queensland" in the return address

A penalty amount of $168

There is no date on the letter

Includes the term "Arrears Amount" in the payment details

A direction to only pay via the internet using direct debit

The ECQ wants anyone who has received the notice to contact them on 1300 881 665.

According to the Australian Electoral Commission website, after each election, a letter is sent to all apparent non-voters requesting that they either provide a valid and sufficient reason for failing to vote or pay a $20 penalty.

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