KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Issues Scam Warning

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Issues Scam Warning
DATE: April 20, 2018
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Police Department has recently been notified by two different citizens who have received similar emails that appear to be a scam. The scam emails originate from the email address trafficcameraviolations@usdot.gov which has been confirmed to not be an official government email address. The subject line of the scam emails reads Moving Violation Recorded by Traffic Camera.

The recipient is falsely informed that they have received a traffic citation for a violation recorded by a traffic camera in Kingsport, Tennessee and must pay a fine. There may also be one or more attachments to the email where the recipient can allegedly view, pay, or appeal the citation. Citizens are strongly discouraged from opening any attachments to these emails, as they could potentially infect the host computer with a virus or spyware.

Anyone who receives such an email regarding a moving violation recorded by a traffic camera in Kingsport should assume that it is a scam. The City of Kingsport does in fact have red light enforcement cameras in operation; however, citations for violations are always sent as paper copies by traditional mail and are never sent electronically by email.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

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