Fake company demands payment for fraudulent citations
The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) warns consumers that they could be targeted by a company representing itself as the DHSMV demanding payment for fraudulent citations. This company is not associated with the DHSMV in any way and they warn consumers that this is a scam and no payment should be made.
How they act
The company will send you emails requesting payment of a citation within a certain timeframe and if the payment is not received on time, the company will falsely require a daily late fee payment. The email sent to consumers also includes a linked payment page and email address. If a consumer has made a payment, they should reject the charge and take the appropriate security measures with their financial institution.
Always remember that:
- The DHSMV and Clerks of Court do not email citations to customers;
- The DHSMV and Clerks of Court do not require citation payment via email;
- Citation numbers are always seven alpha-numeric digits;
- If a consumer receives a notice regarding a suspicious citation, they should contact the local Clerk of Court or call the DHSMV immediately.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement. To learn more about DHSMV and the services offered, visit www.flhsmv.gov