Action Fraud UK issued the alert after thousands got in touch with the organisation earlier this month following a scam email.

The fake penalty email scam contains links in the emails which lead to websites that are designed to steal your personal and financial details.

In a statement on Facebook, Action Fraud said: "We have received more than 1,400 reports about fake emails purporting to be from HM Courts and Tribunals Service.

"The emails state that the recipient has been issued with a penalty charge for 'the use of a vehicle on a road in the charging area which a charging scheme applies without payment of the appropriate charge'.

"The links provided in the emails leak to genuine-looking phishing websites that are designed to steal personal and financial information."

Those who receive one should report it to: [email protected]