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Traffic Citation Scam Making Rounds in New Hampshire

Some email scams contain links that download malware onto a victim's computer, compromising sensitive personal information. (Christiaan Cohen/Flickr)
Some email scams contain links that download malware onto a victim's computer, compromising sensitive personal information. (Christiaan Cohen/Flickr)
October 18, 2017

CONCORD, N.H. - A new scam is making the rounds in New Hampshire, and law enforcement are urging Granite Staters to be on the lookout.

A fraud alert warning has been issued by the Attorney General's office about an email purporting to be sent from the New Hampshire Department of Motor Vehicles. Senior Assistant Attorney General James Boffetti said the sender demands payment of a traffic violation fine and the email contains links for either "Easy Pay" or to dispute the amount.

"The problem with these types of scams is that they're very difficult to trace, almost impossible to trace," he said, "and so once you've sent the money, if you actually send money, it's very difficult to get that back."

The email is sent from the address violations@citygovernment.co.gov, which is fraudulent. Boffetti said the DMV does not send emails notifying drivers of violations or requesting payment of fines.

Even if the recipient does not send payment, Boffetti said, he or she still is at risk. Any links that are clicked in the email could download a virus or malware onto the computer and compromise sensitive personal information, he said.

"So, for instance, if you ever put in your credit card number because you were ordering from a very legitamte company," he said, "that malware could read that number and transmit it to the scammer who could then use that to commit fraud and theft."

Anyone who believes they are the target of the scam or any other fraudulent activity can contact the Attorney General's Consumer Information Line at 888-468-4454. To find out how to stay safe from other frauds and scams, visit aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork.

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - NH