The Uniform Traffic Ticket Spam Scam

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Countless people have opened their email this week to be told that “The person described above is charged as follows” in what claims to be a traffic ticket with the “violation” of “Speed Over 55 Zone” Examples we’ve seen have supposedly come from the New York State Polic (such as from automailer.-093@nyc.gov), but it doesn’t matter where it comes from, it’s not real, and the included file is not your ticket – it’s a virus. Don’t open it!

The ticket in our sample says, in full:


New York State – Department of Motor Vehicles

Uniform Traffic Ticket

New York State Police

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Local Police Code

THE PERSON DESCRIBED ABOVE IS CHARGED AS FOLLOWS

Time 7:25 AM

 

Date of Offense 07/05/2011

IN VIOLATION OF NYS V AND T LAW

Description of Violation

SPEED OVER 55 ZONE

TO PLEASE, PRINT OUT THE ENCLOSED TICKET AND SEND IT TO TOWN COURT, CHATAM HALL., PO BOX 117

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Here is a screen shot of the bogus ticket. A tip of the hat to our good friend Tim Carter, of AskTheBuilder.com for providing us with a sample!

traffic-ticket-scam
That attachment that in our sample was called Ticket-064-211

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3 thoughts on “The Uniform Traffic Ticket Spam Scam

  1. Oh YES! I got this email and went bonkersWONKERS!!!! I was calling every motorvehicle office trying to find out what I owe and scared to death that my car would be taken away because I didnt pay so-and-so ticket….THANKYOU GUYS!!!! (*wiping sweat from thou brow*)

  2. 1st – thanks for information that is accurate and not some old email still circulating. I’m not in NY but it’s still good to know.
    2nd – I’m a fan of Tim Carter’s also – he has saved me many an hour of misery trying to maintain my house.
    I sure am in good company. Hold on to your hat as Irene comes our way.

  3. Thanks for the warning of ‘bogus’ traffic tickets. However the FIRST warning bell, for those with a brain, should be-How did the police dept get your email address?
    BTW…I LOVE your newsletter. THANK YOU for doing all this research & stuff for us!

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