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Driving Violation Ticket Scam

A new scam is making the rounds, popping up in inboxes all over Oxford County.

Police are warning the public about a new scam popping into inboxes across Ontario. 

It has been dubbed the 'Driving Violation Ticket Scam' and involves an email or a text message claiming the recipient has unpaid speeding tickets or traffic violations.

The email or text will say you owe the police money for the offence and includes a link where you can pay the fine. Do not click on the link - Police will never issue a fine or request a payment via email or text message.

Some suggestions on how to spot this scam in particular:

- Carefully check the email address or phone number of the sender against other authenticated sources. Look for any discrepancies.
- Never click links in emails or text messages that have unverified senders.
- Government or municipal agencies do not typically request money or payment via email or by text message. Should you get an email or text message from someone claiming to represent one of these agencies, call them using a number found on their legitimate websites to verify the email or phone number.
- Never provide personal information or money, without first authenticating the request
- Don't fall for quick pressure tactics such as a short deadline for payment.

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