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If you find this on your car, report it immediately, police say in a new warning

If you find this on your car, report it immediately, police say in a new warning

Whether you’re on your way to a meal or just running errands, finding something unexpected in your car can really derail your day. There are a number of unpleasant additions that you may notice, from a parking case or ticket to cut tires or an annoying scratch. All of these will delay your departure, but the police recently issued a warning about something else you might find that means you’re being targeted by scammers. Read on to find out which law enforcement asks you to report immediately if you see it on your vehicle.

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Police have issued several scam warnings for drivers across the country, including one about a QR code list. Fraudsters stab the scannable squares to parking meters, the San Antonio Police Department warned late last year. The codes have accompanying text informing drivers that they can use the QR codes to pay for parking, when in reality the QR code takes them to a fraudulent website to make a fake payment.

Parking lots come with their own dangers as police in Wilkes-Barre Township, Pennsylvania, warned of a surge in reports of scammers trying to sell fake jewelry as shoppers walked back and forth their parked cars.

Yet another parking plan involves people pretending to play fiddle for money outside supermarkets. These scammers often have accompanying signs asking for money to feed their families, but the claims are not truesaid police across the country.

Now, authorities have issued another warning to drivers, urging them to pay close attention to their windshields.

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We’ve all been there – after a shopping spree, you return to our car and find a dreaded parking ticket. These tickets can carry hefty fines depending on where you are parked, and may even require you to attend a hearing if you want to challenge the subpoena. But police in Fairfax City, Virginia, say another “ticket” is trickier to receive.

According to a tweet from the Fairfax City Police Department (FCPD), scammers have found a way to force them on fraudulent parking tickets on unsuspecting drivers. These fake tickets aren’t riddled with typos or other obvious scam giveaways, as seen in a photo taken by the FCPD, and they even include the Fairfax City seal and legal jargon to make the scam more convincing.

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This isn’t the first time Fairfax City has faced parking ticket scams, having previously warned the public of a series of incidents in July 2021. However, as part of the latest settlement, police suspect fraudulent tickets have been submitted through a mobile app called Turo, which allows drivers to rent cars from various private owners.

These tickets were distributed digitally, but earlier this year police in Atlanta, Georgia warned that drivers had found printed tickets on their car windows, Fox 5 Atlanta reported. Similar to the parking meter scheme, the tickets had a QR code instructing unsuspecting victims to pay through a website called “ATL Citations.” One victim went to the address listed on the company’s website to pay in person instead, only to find that it was the address of an auto repair shop with no connection to the parking ticket.

The ticket looked convincing thanks to the use of similar colors and styles to real parking tickets, with “City of Atlanta” written on it and the name of a police officer. While they may look legit, the Atlanta Department of Transportation told Fox 5 that one way to recognize a scheme is a QR code, since tickets distributed through their office never have these codes.

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If you have received a fraudulent parking ticket, especially via the Turo app, the police ask you to contact the authorities immediately. Avoid opening a line of communication with scammers by: look up number for parking or your city’s police, rather than calling a number listed on the ticket, experts at DefensiveDriving.org recommend. The police can confirm that your ticket is legitimate and make sure you don’t inadvertently pay criminals.