Scams come in all types of forms. And the ones 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 scary of situations to put their target victim in a mindset that they have 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 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 one of these tickets. However, 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 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 it as 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 traps or speed cameras. Even if a police officer won’t issue you a ticket in person, they will mail you one if they have enough evidence from their speed cameras. These are highly sophisticated cameras that will scan your registration tag, which will have your information. Once they have your mailing address, they’ll send you a ticket and will give you the opportunity to pay the fine or contest it.
Other driving violations will also include illegal parking (like in fire zones) or parking while the meter is expired. Typically, you’ll already have a ticket issued to you. But the element of surprise is finding it on your windshield. These are the two common ways that law enforcement often will issue tickets to violators. And if you do get a ticket by way of good ol’ snail mail, it’s best to call and confirm if this is the real deal. This is one way to make sure whether or not that it’s all part of a 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. Theft of your identity will cause more headaches for you in so many ways.
Sure, law enforcement officers say that they don’t send tickets via mail. But they will 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 you make online payments. Nine times out of ten, a police department will not give you the option to pay for your speeding ticket online. If a scammer says that you can 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 a ticket has made a mistake.
Protecting Yourself From Driving Violation Scams:
One of the strangest, but most importantly the best thing to protect yourself from this kind of scam is to not speed. No joke. Even if you want to avoid getting a real ticket from local law enforcement, it is to drive safe and abide by the speed limit. Of course, you should also abide by the parking rules as 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 to protect yourself are pretty simple. You must never under any circumstances give out any financial information or other information that is associated with your identity to anyone you don’t know over the Internet or by phone. Keep in mind, the scammer’s goal is to extract money from you and also 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 than likely to fall victim to these types of scams because of their unawareness of how law enforcement officers tracks speeders or traffic violators these days. The important thing to do is protect yourself from scams like these and always verify with the proper authorities to ensure if your ticket is the real deal or all part of a scammer’s operation to get your money and identity from you.
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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