PR Po­lice warn of email scam

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - FRONT PAGE - AN­NETTE BEARD abeard@nwadg.com

Pea Ridge Po­lice do not send emails con­cern­ing traf­fic vi­o­la­tions and are warn­ing area res­i­dents to not re­ply to emails threat­en­ing le­gal ac­tion about a traf­fic vi­o­la­tion.

Pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer Michael Lisen­bee said po­lice re­ceived in­for­ma­tion this week that “some­one in Pea Ridge re­ceived an email stat­ing that they had com­mit­ted traf­fic vi­o­la­tions and were be­ing is­sued fines. This is NOT from the Pea Ridge Po­lice De­part­ment and is a clear at­tempt to fraud some­one of their money.”

Lisen­bee said even re­ply­ing to the email could open the door for more crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity and said peo­ple should take a screen shot of the email and re­port it to po­lice.

“There is no end to what could hap­pen,” he said. Pea Ridge Po­lice do not is­sue traf­fic ci­ta­tions or fines via email. He said fines are set from the court clerk or a judge in a court of law.

“We urge the pub­lic to not pay these ‘so called fines’ and to con­tact the po­lice de­part­ment if they re­ceive such an email.”

Lisen­bee said al­though there are le­git­i­mate uses of cam­eras and traf­fic vi­o­la­tions, such as at toll booths, the mail, usu­ally cer­ti­fied mail, no­ti­fy­ing a vi­o­la­tor of that would come from a le­git­i­mate gov­ern­ment agency. He said he ap­pre­ci­ates peo­ple want­ing to do their civic duty and take care of any pos­si­ble fines, but rec­om­mends they con­tact the gov­ern­ment agency re­spon­si­ble.

“If you be­lieve you could be fined for a traf­fic vi­o­la­tion … check with the gov­ern­ment agency by phone or in per­son so you don’t ig­nore a le­git­i­mate ci­ta­tion,” he said, again re­it­er­at­ing that Pea Ridge Po­lice do not send emails about traf­fic ci­ta­tions.

“The best thing to do is con­tact the au­thor­i­ties where it sup­pos­edly oc­curred,” he said. Pea Ridge Po­lice can be con­tacted at 451-8220.

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