The Greensboro Department of Transportation (GDOT) has put out a press release warning residents of a scam involving traffic tickets.
Scams are a dime or dozen, or actually quite a bit more expensive than that.
According to the GDOT, a local resident received an email purporting to be a traffic citation for a violation recorded by a traffic camera in Greensboro.
The fatal flaw in this scam is that Greensboro doesn’t have any traffic cameras that issue citations.
Even if Greensboro did have traffic cameras, and it doesn’t, the citations would not be issued by email. So if you receive an email that looks like a traffic citation from the City of Greensboro, it’s safe to delete it and go on about your business.
Official correspondence from the City of Greensboro will come from an email from the domain @greensboro-nc.gov. If it is from any other domain, it is not from the City of Greensboro.
GDOT recommends that if you do receive an email claiming to be a citation from the City of Greensboro, opening attachments or clicking on links is not a good idea.
Greensboro did have a red light camera program from 2001 to 2005. But like other cities in North Carolina, Greensboro ran into problems with a North Carolina law, which allocates fines to the local school district. Greensboro was ordered to pay the Guilford County Schools 90 percent of money collected in fines. Since most of the money collected in fines was paid to the company that operated the cameras, this made the red light camera program extremely expensive.
There are currently a number of lawsuits in the state about red light camera systems operating in other cities.
There is also a Duke Energy bill scam active in the area. In this scam people receive a telephone call telling them that their bill is overdue and their electricity will be cut off momentarily.
If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from Duke Energy about your electric bill, it’s a scam because Duke Energy doesn’t call customers about their bills.
It’s easy to check the actual status of your Duke Energy bill online or by phone.