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 courts—will 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.