The New York Department of Motor Vehicles released information last week in an attempt to warn citizens of a new scam. The phishing scam involves emails claiming that the recipients license will be revoked if they don’t take care of their outstanding tickets. Here is what the email says:
We are writing to inform you that the state police department has notified us that you have several outstanding traffic violations. If you do not make restitution for these infractions within 48 hours, we will be forced to revoke your driver’s license.
To make payment arrangements online, click here.
To refute these tickets, click here.
The NY DMV”
For now, it seems as though the phishing scam is limited to the state of New York. Officials point out that the email could easily be altered and sent to residents of any state in the nation. If you see an email like this in your inbox, mark it as junk and ignore it.
The Department of Motor Vehicles does not send out emails to remind people to pay traffic tickets. If the DMV does notify you of outstanding tickets, it will be via the United States Postal Service. If you do click on one of the links contained in this email, it could be the start of having your identity stolen or the download of malicious code to your computer.
If you do receive an email and are not sure if it is legitimate, call the Department of Motor Vehicles before you click on any link. The same can be true of any email that you receive unexpectedly. The “sender,” if the email is valid, will confirm that they have indeed sent it.
If you need assistance with a traffic citation in New York, please reach out to our team of experienced attorneys. We will help you determine your best next steps.