Scams come in all types of forms. And the people behind them will stop at nothing in their mission to extract as much money as possible from their victims. Even worse, they’ll even use the most scariest of situations to put their targeted victim in a mindset of having to do something, or they’ll be in big trouble. This is all part of their scheme. And you might end up being a victim if you don’t know how the scam works, and follow the measures that will protect you from being scammed out of your hard earned money, and/or even your identity.
In this article, we’re going to be talking about a kind of scam that involves, driving violation tickets. Whether it’s for speeding, illegal parking, or what have you, it’s no fun getting any of these tickets. Not alone a fake allegation of having one. Someone will claim that you have a speeding ticket on file and you must pay a “fine” before you’re hauled off to jail. With that in mind, we’re going to take a deeper look at this newly found scam and what you need to do to protect yourself from becoming the next victim.
How A Real Driving Violation Actually Gets You A Ticket:
First and foremost, it is recommended that you don’t commit any acts of traffic violations, that will result in you getting a ticket, or worse get your driver’s license suspended. So with that said, there are certain driving violations that will allow a police officer to issue you a ticket if they see fit. One of the most common of all driving violations, is speeding. Here in the United States, police have employed significant ways to catch speed demons.
These come in the form of speed trap camera. Even if the police officer doesn’t issue you the ticket in person, they will mail you one if they have enough evidence from their speed cameras. These are highly sophisticated cameras that will grab a picture of you, your vehicle, and scan your registration tag, which they get your personal information from. Once they have your mailing address, they’ll send you a ticket, and give you the opportunity to pay the fine, or contest it.
Other driving violations will also include parking tickets (like in fire zones, street cleaning area’s), or staying parked in a spot after the meters timer has expired. Typically you’ll already have the ticket issued to you. The element of surprise (which traffic officers tend to use) is topically how you’ll find it. That good’ole ticket on your windshield. This is a common tactic law enforcement officers often use, when issuing tickets to violators. And if you do get a ticket by the way of good’ole snail mail, it’s best to call and confirm to find out if it’s really your ticket, and how and where did you get the ticket. This is one major way to confirm it’s not part of some scam.
How These Ticketing Scams Work:
So now that you know how the real deal works, let’s take a look at how the scammers do it. Like with driving violations, we don’t condone or recommend you get yourself involved in these kinds of scams (or any scam for that matter). The way the scammers will reach out to you will be through two of the most common forms of communication, the Internet or by telephone. A scammer knows that police have been using police cameras to catch speeders or traffic violators. So they take advantage of that by posing as someone representing your local police department. They’ll also sometimes pose as debt collectors, claiming that your case of unpaid tickets has been passed on to them. Claiming their calling to “collect a debt”.
They’ll claim that they have footage of you committing a traffic violation, and a ticket in your name has been issued. Their purpose is to get you to see the ticket online by providing you with login information. All that you need to do is fill out your personal information to receive a user name and password. The goal here is for the scammer to not only extract money from you, but also steal your identity. And theft of your identity will cause more headaches for you in so many ways.
Sure, police officers say that they don’t issue tickets via mail. But they still communicate with you using that medium. And for this reason, these ticketing scams will be easy to spot. One thing to note is that scammers will request that you make online payments (mailing your payment in isn’t an option). But nine times out of ten, a police department won’t give you the option to pay for your speeding ticket online. So if the scammer says that you can only pay for your so-called ticket online, then don’t go any further. You have to go through the court system in order to pay for your traffic violation ticket or contest it if you believe the officer that issued the ticket has made a mistake.
Protecting Yourself From Driving Violation Scams:
One of the strangest, but most important thing you can do to protect yourself from this kind of scam, is to not speed. No joke! If you want to avoid getting a real ticket from local law enforcement, drive safe, and follow all speed limits. Of course, you should also follow all parking laws that are set by your local jurisdiction. And of course, the no brainer violations to avoid when it comes to parking is not parking in emergency lanes, handicap parking (without proper tags), and so on.
Beyond that, the other measures you should use to protect yourself is pretty simple. Never under any circumstances give out any financial information, or personal information to anyone you don’t know, over the internet or phone. Information that is associated with your finances, or your identity. Keep in mind, the scammers goal is to extract money from you, and (if they can) use your identity to dig you deeper into financial or even legal ruin. If you are contacted by someone claiming to be employed by your local law enforcement agency, please call that police department to verify if there is a ticket indeed in your name.
My Final Conclusion:
This kind of scam is easy to spot for most people. However, older people and even new drivers, are more likely to fall victim to this types of scams because of their lack of awareness and understanding on how law enforcement officers track speeders, or traffic violators. The important thing to do, follow our measures listed above to protect yourself from scams like this, and always verify with the proper authorities to ensure if your ticket is the real deal or all part of a scammers operation to take your money/identity.
Do you have any experience with being involved in a driving violation ticket scam? Do you have any questions concerning this scam review? If so, please leave your comments or questions at the bottom of this post, and I will be more than happy to get back to you. Thanks again for checking out my post, and good luck with your success online..
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