Parking Ticket Scams You Need To Avoid
Beware of a couple of parking ticket scams that might come to you in the form of a fake parking ticket online. There are two variations, both of them making thousands of victims all over the world as you are reading this. Don’t be one of them. In this article, we will take a look at how they work and how to avoid them.
Here they are:
Scenario 1: Parking Ticket Online Scam
Watch the video below to see how the first scenario of the scam works:
Imagine the following scenario. You make a stop to pick something up and park in a place that seems fine for a few minutes. Upon return, you already have a parking ticket on your windshield.
The issuer is a department of your city’s administrative offices, and they ask you to pay online – that looks perfectly reasonable. The trouble is that the scammers have become increasingly sophisticated – the ticket looked official enough, and the website for paying looks fine, but it’s a scam.
Scenario 2: Parking Ticket Scam As Collection Services Letter
In a second variation of the scam, the fine comes in the mail. You receive an envelope from the “Parking Collection Services” (or something named similar, according to your city administrative structure) claiming that you owe anything from $35 or $150 for unauthorized parking in one of your local parking lots. The name of the lot could be mentioned or not.
The mailing lists a post office box as an address. The letter claims to be a “Notice of Assignment to a Collection Agency” for these fines. You are either required to call the number on the letter. If you do, the scammers will ask for payment over the phone.
Alternatively, as you can see below, the photo proof of your apparent “negligent driving” is also offered. You are taken to a website where you are required to put in more personal information, just so “you can prove your identity”.
Fake Parking Tickets: How To Avoid
For Scenario 1 of the fake parking tickets, check that the website starts with “https” in the browser (look for the letter “s” at the end of “http”, as every secure payment site has this). If in doubt, call the city and inquire about the authenticity of the ticket you received.
When it comes to payments over the phone, you have to know all the details before you call. Don’t use the number listed on the phony letter, but instead call your city’s parking department by searching for their number online, on the city’s official website.
Parking Ticket Scams: How To Report Them
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