Don’t Fall For The Scam Claiming You Ran a Red Light In Minnesota
If you have this e-mail in your inbox, DO NOT click on any of the links!
I was just talking on the radio the other day about how I accidentally ran a red light. I didn't mean to. I have guilt about it so don't feel the need to send me any messages saying I should get in trouble for breaking the law. It's not an excuse but to be completely honest, it was my first day driving again after staying at home forever due to Covid-19 and I just had a brain fart. I literally forgot how to drive for a second.
This morning, I had a message in my work inbox that said,
Message intended for: Jessica Williams
Mr./Ms. Williams, our traffic cameras recorded you running a red light on June 1, 2020. As such, you have been charged with a traffic citation.
You may contest this citation in court, or pay the fine online at gov-co.com/citations/payonline. You may do so no sooner than June 14, 2020, and no later than June 18, 2020.
Thank you for your attention,
Department of Transportation
I've taken all sorts of training on e-mail phishing scams and internet safety, and I am pretty savvy about it, so I could tell right away that this was not real. I did my due diligence though to double-check with the Department of Transportation. This isn't a new scam but is one that likes to pop up every now and then and I just happened to be one of the chosen individuals this time. You can read the full statement from the Department of Transporation on their website here.
Just a reminder, if you've got loved ones that may fall for a scam like this, please send this on to them and let them know NOT to click on the links or send money. You can always call companies and businesses directly and inquire about any tickets or payments that might be due.