Scam E-mails Supposedly from Philadelphia Parking Authority Circulating
Officials of the Parking Authority of Philadelphia have requested people for being aware about fake e-mails, which presently circulating, are targeting local Internauts, revealed nbcphiladelphia.com dated December 29, 2014.
Posing as message sent from "Parking Violations Bureau," the fake e-mail asserts that the recipient requires making a payment not yet done for a parking violation he committed in Philadelphia. Accordingly, he should pursue a given payment web-link, the e-mail adds.
Recently, Vince Fenenty Executive Director of Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) issued an alert related to consumer fraud, cautioning people regarding mistaken e-mails getting dispatched while aiming at unwitting recipients and requesting them to pay for unpaid vouchers, thus reported philapark.org dated December 29, 2014.
Fenenty explained that anyone getting the said e-mails mustn't hand over any cash whatsoever towards any outstanding payment. The messages were an attempt for defrauding people. The PPA wouldn't ever request for payments over electronic mails. Incase there was a legitimate request to make any outstanding parking payment it would get done solely via the American postal mail, Fenenty reiterated.
He further stated that the sole Philadelphia Parking Ticket payment websites were Philapark.org or Phila.gov.
Telling more about the e-mail fraud, Rick Dickson Deputy Executive Director of PPA emphasized that the PCs of the outfit weren't hacked and that every information as well as data was secure. Philadelphia.cbslocal.com reported this dated December 29, 2014.
All queries to know if the PPA notices are genuine must get directed to the Customer Service Unit of PPA over phone at 1-888-591-3636 the authority's formal helpline number.
Disturbingly, it's because of the aforementioned kind of fake e-mail scams that phishing worldwide is rising, remark security analysts.
Meanwhile, it isn't unprecedented to have fraudulent e-mails of unpaid tickets getting distributed from scammers with the purpose of collecting end-users' essential info.
During November 2012, security officials discovered a scam e-mail asserting it was notification regarding a parking ticket not paid following parking violation at Westminster City's St Barnabas Street in UK. The fake message got dispatched from paybyphone.co.uk, an entity that handled parking fines for Westminster Council on a contract basis. The messages carried malware.