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Florida Warns Residents of New Traffic Ticket Scam

Date posted: 03/07/2017

by Bridget Clerkin on
in News & Industry Trends

scam alert Florida Warns Residents of New Traffic Ticket Scam

Beware of e-mails from senders disguised as the Florida DHSMV.

If you’ve received an e-mail from what appears to be Florida’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), be careful. The state agency has reported a scam being executed in its name.

Victims are being targeted via an official-looking e-mail, allegedly sent from the DHSMV and warning customers of a quickly-approaching deadline to pay off an unspecified traffic citation. Various versions of the e-mail include threats of license suspension and additional late fees should the payment be missed.

The DHSMV—along with the state courtswill never e-mail a citation to a customer nor request payment via e-mail, agency officials say.

Any citation actually issued by the DHSMV is alpha-numeric and includes seven digits, the DHSMV confirmed.

If you believe you’ve gotten this e-mail or paid money after receiving a similar request, contact the Florida Clerk of Court or Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles immediately.

About Bridget Clerkin

Bridget is a writer in Sunny San Diego. She cut her teeth reporting on life in New Jersey's state capital, but has since moved on to the ins and outs of the DMV. When she's not seeking out decent West Coast pizza or crying quietly after another New York Football Giants loss, she likes to plan exotic getaways, and sometimes even go on them. She also likes any activity that causes the body to produce adrenaline, and IPAs - but only occasionally at the same time. More articles by Bridget Clerkin

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