AASHTO Journal

Georgia DOT Warns Public of Fine-Payment Scam by Employee Impersonators

The Georgia Department of Transportation said it has received reports from Georgia residents they have been called by someone claiming to be a state DOT employee, who threatened to take action against their driver's licenses if they did not pay fines over the phone.

GDOT said the scammers would claim the driver was seen by Georgia DOT traffic cameras crossing the double line to enter or exit high-occupancy-vehicle lanes, and then ask for credit card information to pay for fines that had resulted.

capitol0816.jpgHowever, the agency said that "in an effort to help prevent Georgia drivers from becoming fraud victims" it issued a press release saying that:
-The Georgia DOT does not issue traffic citations or fines.
-It does not solicit credit card information.
-GDOT traffic cameras are not able to see or read license plates, nor do they record or save traffic footage.
-Residents should not provide financial information over the phone unless they initiated the conversation.

The announcement also told readers: "If you have received or receive a call of this nature in the future, please do not share any information and report it to the Federal Trade Commission as an imposter scam as soon as possible" at this website.

The Georgia agency's scam warning is the latest involving manipulation of the authority of a state transportation department or its contractors to try to fraudulently obtain funds.

In April, Nevada DOT Director Rudy Malfabon warned state DOTs and other agencies to be on the alert for frauds posing as legitimate vendors after scammers tried to take over an electronic funds transfer that NDOT made with an actual vendor.

Questions regarding this article may be directed to editor@aashtojournal.org.

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