NCDMV: Scammers claiming to be with DOT sending emails with payment link

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WITN) – The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles says law enforcement agencies are reporting that many unsuspecting DMV customers are receiving scam emails from a group claiming to be from the “Department of Transportation” and encouraging targeted individuals to click on a link to pay a fine for an alleged driving violation.

The DMV says to beware of emails from an individual or individuals using the address “notice@penalty-gov-us” claiming to be from the Traffic Division of the Department of Transportation. The email includes a link to make a payment for a fine.

DMV Commissioner Wayne Goodwin also said that the DMV and DOT would send emails regarding violations, but would never include links to make payments. Notifications for payment would come through standard mail with a letterhead or form.

To limit confusion when searching for bona fide DMV services and information, they say consumers should always remember to look for a website that contains “.gov” in its address to assure they are receiving accurate governmental information.