KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (LOOTPRESS) – Police in West Virginia are warning the public of a new email scam targeting individuals in the Mountain State.
According to the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO), the KCSO has received numerous complaints of potential scams appearing in citizen’s email accounts.
The email subject lines are typically labeled as “notice of traffic violation” and they are leading citizens to believe they have been cited for miscellaneous traffic offenses.
The emails are calling for immediate action to pay the citations with links to click for payment or payment options.
The KCSO reminds the public that citations are issued in person by officers and legitimate fines are handled through the appropriate court system (i.e., Magistrate Court, Municipal Court, etc.)
Occasionally, certain violations such as Toll Booth Violations are issued by the West Virginia Parkway’s Authority and come via US Mail with instructions on how to pay for the violation.
In the rare incidence where a violation is sent through the mail, it will come to the address the DMV has on file for the registered owner of the motor vehicle in question.
Mail or Email correspondence should always show what police agency or entity has issued the violation.
The KCSO suggests that you contact that agency to verify the legitimacy of the alleged violation, especially if you do not recognize or have doubts about the violation.
The KCSO urges citizens to NOT open suspicious emails, DO NOT click on links, and DO NOT send money to unknown sources.