WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) —
Washington D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine has announced, according
to the District’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), D.C. residents are being
targeted by an alleged “phishing” scam.
The scam involves an email
message sent to consumers with the headline “Notice of overdue parking violation(s).” The email asks consumers to pay for past-due fines or face the
potential impounding of their vehicles.
is a way to steal information from consumers through the Internet, and it can
lead to major problems -- including identity theft,” Racine said. “Consumers should always be extremely vigilant and verify that any e-mail
message they receive actually comes from its purported sender before clicking
on a link contained in that message.”
potential scam involves emails from firstname.lastname@example.org
that falsely allege to be a “Notice of unsatisfied photo enforcement ticket.”
Racine notes that, unless
consumers have signed up for the DMV’s email ticket alert systems, recipients
of tickets will only receive notification via the mail.