BBB Warns of Fake Traffic Ticket Scam

November 28, 2016


Vancouver, BC – Better Business Bureau serving Mainland BC would like to issue a warning to anyone who has received an email or text claiming you have an unpaid driving infraction that implicates you in a case of ‘negligent driving.’

BBB has received several calls on this matter and ICBC and the Vancouver Police are also aware that this scam is starting to show up.

“At this point, it seems to be a version of a phishing scam,” says Evan Kelly, Senior Communications Advisor for BBB serving Mainland BC. “There are a lot of red flags that should be easy for anyone to spot.”

The scam says: You have been detected with a driver’s violation: Cause: negligent driving Case No: 608119142 Date of detection: 16/11

“Right off the top there is plenty of bad grammar to spot,” adds Kelly. “The scam claims to have photo proof of the infraction, but we have yet to see any pictures produced. All the emails we have seen say the driver has been negligent and no other related infraction. This is clearly a scam and they are likely after your credit card information.”

According to ICBC, they have received several calls about these phishing emails. The corporation confirms that neither they nor the police issue traffic violations or collect outstanding fines through email.

As this is another version of phishing emails, there are many tips you can use to avoid getting trapped:

What to Do if You Receive a Phishing Email:
• Do NOT click on any links or attachments.
• Be wary of any urgent instructions to take specified action such as "Click on the link or your account will be closed."
• Delete the email from your computer completely (be sure to empty your "trash can" or "recycling bin," as well).
• If you did click on a link, run anti-virus software's full system scan.

How to Spot a Phishing Email:
• You can spot a fake email by hovering over the links and checking whether the URL leads to the business's website or, in a scam email, to a third party site.
• Read the email carefully for signs that it may be fake (for example, misspellings, grammar, generic greetings such as "Dear member" instead of a name, etc.).
• If you are not certain whether the email is legitimate, contact the business directly.


Media Contacts:

Evan Kelly, Senior Communications Advisor
BBB Serving Mainland BC
Phone: 604-488-8702
Mobile: 604-505-2307
404-788 Beatty Street
Vancouver, BC
V6B 2M1

About BBB:

For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses and brands they can trust. In 2015, people turned to BBB more than 165 million times for BBB Business Reviews, all available for free at BBB Serving Mainland B.C., founded in 1939 and serving the Lower Mainland, Thompson-Okanagan, Northern, Central and Southern Interior BC, and the Yukon, is one of 111 local, independent BBBs across North America. In 2015, consumers turned to BBB Serving Mainland B.C. more than 2 million times for Business Reviews and processed 7,500 complaints.