Beware of Fake Traffic Citations

policeCitationDid you receive a notice in your email inbox from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) during the holiday season regarding a traffic citation? You may want to double check to make sure it’s legit. A company purporting to be the DHSMV but entirely unaffiliated with it is going around sending notices to drivers requesting payments for citations that are fraudulent.

The fraudulent email will state that the person must pay within a certain amount of time or they will face a fee for each day that payment is late. To make it even more “official looking”, the email includes a link to a payment page, which has since become inactive. However, if you did receive such a notice then you should be aware it is a scam.

To reduce the odds of being fooled by a scam like this one, drivers should be aware that neither the DHSMV or county Clerk of Courts send out citations via email, nor will they require that you pay a citation through this manner. Fake citations will have six digit ticket numbers while official ones always have seven alphanumeric digits.

If you think you may have received a citation that’s fake or suspicious, call the DHSMV or get in touch with the Clerk of Court.

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