West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey warned summer travelers to be wary of a scam in which impostors send emails to collect traffic fines on behalf of a state department of motor vehicles.
Consumers receive an email demanding payment within 48 hours. The impostor threatens to revoke the license of anyone who fails to comply.
“Many people travel this time of year and explore new areas,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “Sometimes this journey results in a traffic citation, however travelers must be cautious in handling any unexpected email. Just because you traveled to a particular state or received a ticket does not automatically mean you should respond to such an email.”
Such emails amount to a phishing scam. Links contained in the email, which supposedly allow the recipient to plead guilty or refute the ticket, actually contain malware that exposes the consumer’s computer to viruses.