The state Department of Motor Vehicles is warning New Yorkers of an email traffic ticket scam that could lead users to unwittingly download a computer virus.
DMV said phony emails that claim to have been sent from the department are being sent around stating that users must pay a ticket within 48 hours or face license revocation. The emails contain two links — to either plead guilty or refute the tickets, the email states — that actually direct recipients to a malicious download that could expose the user’s computer to a virus.
DMV said recipients should delete any email that fits that pattern immediately, and should not click the links or forward the email.
The agency recommended that recipients who do click the links immediately update and run their antivirus software. DMV also said that while recipients should not forward the email to state or local police, they should alert those agencies.
“The Department of Motor Vehicles does not send emails urging motorists to pay traffic tickets within 48 hours or lose your license,” DMV Deputy Executive Commissioner Terri Egan said in a statement. “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.”
An example of the hoax email is below:
We are writing to inform you that the state police department has notified us that you have several outstanding traffic violations. If you do not make restitution for these infractions within 48 hours, we will be forced to revoke your driver’s license.
• To make payment arrangements online, click here.
• To refute these tickets, click here.