Fake Traffic Ticket Email Scams
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Scams exist in almost every aspect of the online world, and fake traffic tickets are no exception when the individual seeking to defraud others of money wants to increase his or her chances by using these methods. It is important to seek someone knowledgeable in the ticket areas of law enforcement to ensure that the ticket is valid.
Email scams are rampant through various email addresses sold to the highest bidder. However, some types of email accounts have a greater chance of influx of scam artists. When the owner of the account opens the email, the details may lead him or her to another area online where he or she could face financial devastation. This occurs when he or she puts in email account information or financial details. It is imperative that the account holder pays attention to the url in the top of the page. If the email has a redirect to a website that appears to come from the local or state government, it is necessary to check similar websites online to ensure the address matches.
The Fake Ticket
While most tickets come from an officer pulling a driver over and writing it within his or her presence, some tickets come in the mail. When a traffic camera usage sends a ticket through the mail to the driver for his or her traffic violation, he or she may not be on guard against online scams. Then, payment for a fake ticket provides the scam artist with a way to steal funds from the person. However, the state and local government and law enforcement agencies do not usually use email or online action to complete ticketing and other processes. It is important to contact the state police department with the ticket number to discover if it is a valid ticket.
Email Scams Explained
There are different types of email scams that affect the owner of an email account. The most insidious are those that redirect the person to a website that looks exactly like the local or state law enforcement that issues tickets to drivers. The url in the top of the page may even have a similar address. However, there are usually tells that give the site away. The beginning or ending may have a different character. These redirect scams may attempt to grab account logins or credit card numbers. Once they have these details, it is difficult to rid the account of the other person. He or she may use it to view emails or to purchase items.
Another email scam has details of the person involved in the ticket. The file may even have what looks like a valid number attached to a ticket. If the scam artist has enough information on the target, the ticket may have the city and other info about the recent driving activity. However, the amounts may have either significantly lower or higher funding requirements. If the base of the ticket is $25 with only $20 added based on the speed driven, then a ticket for $400 is not possible in the state unless the driver was accomplishing several other traffic offenses simultaneously.
Seeking a Remedy to the Scam
While the best course of action when seeing emails that may contain ticket information is to ignore it, it is imperative that the person who did provide details seeks some remedy to the situation. When supplying email account information, the owner of the account may need to change his or her password. If this involves credit card numbers, the card holder should contact his or her financial institutions immediately to cancel the card. Fighting the charges is sometimes possible when the other party was a scam and not a valid ticket. It is only necessary to pursue further action when these simple steps do not resolve the matter fully.
Hacking Attempts and Legal Support
Some scams are larger than first looks provide. If the email is part of a hacking attempt, closing the email address may not solve anything. The person may have a backdoor coded into the email to enter the computer of the account holder. Then, the individual who is part of the scam may have more access than simply viewing emails. When the person affects the life of the target, it is then time to seek professional help. Hiring a lawyer is the first step to eradicate the problem. If through investigating the matter the culprit is found, it may be possible to litigate for compensation.
Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication, it is not intended to provide legal advice as individual situations will differ and should be discussed with an expert and/or lawyer.