The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (The DMV) is cautioning consumers about an email “phishing” campaign that you may get in your inbox.

The scam sends a notice to email users stating they must pay a ticket within 48 hours or their license will be revoked. This email will look like it's really from the DMV, however it is more than likely a hoax.

According to the DMV, the fake emails pretend to be from DMV, and report that the State Police has advised DMV that the recipient has several outstanding traffic violations. It then provides two links to either plead guilty or to refute the tickets. The links direct unsuspecting users to a malicious download that may expose your computer to a virus.  If you receive one of these emails, the DMV advises you to delete the email immediately.

DO NOT CLICK ON ANY LINKS IN THIS EMAIL AND DO NOT FORWARD IT TO ANYONE. 

“The Department of Motor Vehicles does not send emails urging motorists to pay traffic tickets within 48 hours or lose your license,” said Terri Egan, DMV Deputy Executive Commissioner. “It is unfortunate that people use our agency’s name to target innocent consumers. We urge New Yorkers to always remain cautious about opening email attachments or following links, even if they appear to come from legitimate agencies.”

If you receive an email, or have any questions, please call your local DMV office before clicking anything.


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