Don’t fall for this traffic ticket scam, Florida warns

Florida is warning motorists about a scam that could cost them big right before the holidays.

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles said in a news release that a company is sending emails, pretending to the DHSMV and seeking payment for a fake traffic ticket.

One fake ticket provided by the state as an example accuses a driver of making an illegal right turn on red at a Miami intersection. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

One fake ticket provided by the state as an example accuses a driver of making an illegal right turn on red at a Miami intersection. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

In the emails, drivers are accused of a traffic violation, then told they must pay the fraudulent citation by a certain time or face a daily late fee. There is a link for drivers to submit payment. The DHSMV said that although the payment link appears to be inactive, anyone who believes they may have fallen victim to this scam should refute the charge and contact their bank to take appropriate protective steps.

In an example email provided by the state, the company accuses a driver of making an illegal right turn on red at an intersection in Miami. The email requests payment of $78 within three days, or a $50 late fee will be charged for each three additional days the payment is late.

An example of one of the fake traffic citations sent to a Florida motorist and requesting payment. (Provided)

An example of one of the fake traffic citations sent to a Florida motorist and requesting payment. (Provided)

Motorists should note the following, the state said:

• The state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and county Clerks of Court do not send citations via email or require payment of citations via email.

• Traffic ticket numbers always are composed of seven alpha-numeric digits, while the fake citation numbers are six digits.

If you think you may have encountered this scam, the state asks you contact your local Clerk of Court and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles immediately.

 

 

 

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