Davis residents are falling victim to a new scam and are receiving emails asking them to pay fake parking tickets online, according to the Davis Police.
Sgt. James MacNiven stated in an interview, "No time would the Davis Police Department ever compile or collect an email address from someone...We actually issue a parking citation."
The emails that are being sent to Davis residents claim that the residents owe money for a parking ticket and that they need to pay their fines online. They are given both a citation number for the ticket and link to pay the fake violation.
Resident Guillermo Salazar of Davis said "I usually get a lot of parking tickets as it is, so I would definitely believe (the email) was true."
According to police, all parking tickets issued by their officers would be a physical copy.
Davis resident Shireen Olyaie said, "They will find any way to trick people, somebody who hasn’t gotten a ticket before wouldn’t know, but I would know because I have!" referring to the scammers sending these false emails.
"We've received several of these notifications through members of the general public," Sgt. MacNiven said. "We just want to raise the awareness to the general public not to click on any link associated with any email they receive from the police department."
The fake emails don't refer to the Davis Police as the sender however, enough people in Davis have received the notice, prompting the department to warn the public about the scam.