Fake parking tickets end up in Atlanta cars and scam drivers – WSB-TV Channel 2
ATLANTA — If it’s late at night and you see a parking ticket on your car, your first instinct may be to just pay the ticket, which is exactly what the scammers are hoping you’ll do.
These scammers place fake parking tickets with a QR code on cars around Atlanta and hope you don’t notice the little mistakes.
Briyanna Thompson was moments away from paying for a parking ticket she found on her car, when she saw posts on social media about fake tickets and realized her ticket was also fake.
“Just stay aware, because they put them everywhere,” she said. Channel 2’s Matt Johnson. “It took a lot of effort for them to do it, so I’m just glad I caught it.”
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The Atlanta Department of Transportation confirmed to Johnson that the ticket received by Thompson was a fake.
She says she was parked near Buckhead Saloon when she and a friend both spotted the tickets on a windshield.
The same fake note appeared on another windscreen on Collier Road near Piedmont Hospital two weeks ago.
Johnson has discovered ways to determine if your ticket is real or not.
The fake ticket never has an exact location of where you parked, only a general area. A real ticket will have your exact location and license plate number.
The fake ticket also has a QR code that sends you to atlcitations.com once scanned. It asks for your personal information and billing information, but the website is also a scam.
Channel 2 Action News wasn’t able to get the exact number of fake notes that came out, but the Buckhead area seems to be the most common place to find them.
If you end up paying for the ticket, it could cost you up to $75.
“I have a friend who got the ticket and she paid, so they’re passing people right and left with that,” Thompson said.
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The Atlanta Police are working with the Atlanta Department of Transportation to determine who is responsible for this scam.
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