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Broome County warns of fraudulent ‘DMV’ email asking for money

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Broome County Clerk Joseph Mihalko has issued a fraud alert, warning residents and businesses of a potential email scam.

According to the county, concerned citizens have reported emails about alleged traffic violations that can only be paid online with a credit card.

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles does not accept payments for local traffic violations, according to the clerk’s office. Instead, they are handled at the local municipal level.

“It’s unfortunate that fraudsters are posing as local and New York State DMV personnel to
scam innocent people of money over email. These emails and the links within them may contain
viruses and other malware,” County Clerk Joe Mihalko said.

Authorities say if you have a traffic violation, you will get an official document through the mail from a
local court or municipality. The county says citizens should be cautious about emails claiming to be from local or NYS DMV, and to take the time to research.

If you receive a suspicious email asking you to pay money online for alleged traffic violations, do not hesitate to contact the Broome County Clerk’s Office at clerkinfo@co.broome.ny.us to find out if it is legitimate.

An example of a recent fraudulent email can be viewed included below.

Nicky Hickling

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