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E-mail Scam Targets Niagara County Clerk

The Niagara Country Clerk is apparently warning the residents about an online scam that informed recipients about their debt of an unpaid motor vehicle fine, to the state Department of Motor Vehicles, reported TONAWANDA News on October 13, 2011.

The fake e-mails allegedly claimed the recipients of clearing their unpaid traffic fines. For doing the same, the recipients were instructed to take out a traffic ticket and post it further duly paying the fine to a post office box in Chatham.

The authoritative e-mail had an authentic looking subject line bearing the message "Uniform Traffic Ticket (ID: 1731700)". Further in the e-mail, the message read that "the person described above is charged as follows" and then the message included a date and time and described an assumed infraction.

Besides, the malicious mail also asked the recipient to open an attacked file that contained a virus, enabled with the capacity to explode and crash the PC of the recipient.

Several county clerks hailing from various counties around New York have already accustomed the mail. Most local DMV offices are often overlooked by county clerks offices.

However, according to Clerk Wayne F. Jagow, the recipients were also asked to address their payment at Chatham, New York.

Jagow also claimed how shameful it is for the advanced technology which is improving the day-to-day life of everyone is also not devoid of massive destruction. Though these scams generally target elderly, but younger generation are also not relieved. Taking into consideration the need of the moment, the security agents are trying to console people by reminding them that government generally do not contact anyone through mail. And in case of specific and personal information, a government never ever resorts to this demeanor, as reported in nfp in October 3, 2011.

Nonetheless, besides asking people to maintain their vigilance, Jagow is also adopting precautionary measures for the residents of the area as he turned over all the materials pertaining to the Niagra County Sheriff James R. Voutour and the New York State Police.

He also acclaimed that his DMV staffs are screening the matter and would report it further, soon for any further attempts of victimizing country residents.

Conclusively, he advised residents to contact local police immediately on receiving such mails and immediately delete the email for avoiding further hassle. Customers are thus advised not to forward it to DMW or even open it.

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