Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne M. Gannon recently issued a warning to the public regarding an e-mail scam disguised as an official e-mail from the “Department of Motor Vehicles.”
The scam e-mails are being sent to consumers advising that they have been cited with a recent traffic violation and demanding payment be made online by clicking a link in the e-mail, which directs them to a fraudulent payment site. The payment site is not associated with the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) department.
“I want to warn consumers who are being targeted with these fraudulent citation e-mails, to not make any payments via the link in these scam e-mails,” Gannon said. “If payments have already been made, consumers should dispute the charge with their credit card company and take the appropriate security measures with their financial institution.”
Consumers are reminded that the tax collector does not issue traffic violation citations, nor does the agency collect the payment for these citations. In addition, the FLHSMV does not issue citations or request payment via e-mail.
Anyone receiving a suspicious notice for a citation can check to verify if they do have a citation in Palm Beach County by visiting the Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller’s eCaseView system at https://appsgp.mypalmbeachclerk.com/eCaseView.