Email ticket hoax targets N.Y. drivers

ALBANY, N.Y. – New York State consumers are being warned about a fake ticket email hoax meant to collect personal information.

The state Department of Motor Vehicles said the email “phishing” campaign notifies recipients they must pay a ticket within 48 hours or their license will be revoked.

The fake emails appear to be from the DMV and provide links to plead guilty or refute the tickets. Clicking on the links could expose computers to a virus.

“The Department of Motor Vehicles does not send emails urging motorists to pay traffic tickets within 48 hours or lose your license,” said Terri Egan, DMV deputy executive commissioner. “It is unfortunate that people use our agency’s name to target innocent consumers.”

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