City of Kingston warns community of text scam regarding parking tickets

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The City of Kingston is bringing the public’s attention to suspicious text messages regarding paying parking tickets, as seen in the image above.

According to a release from the City, suspicious messages have been reported to them and to Kingston Police. The text messages reportedly ask the recipient to immediately pay parking tickets through a provided link.

The City noted that parking tickets cannot be paid via text message, and said that everyone in the community should “be aware of suspicious-looking text messages and don’t click links in them or provide personal information such as passwords.”

Text message scams of this type are called smishing. The City explained that it is a type of phishing, which is an attempt to trick people into revealing sensitive data such as personal information, banking details, credit card numbers and passwords.

“Scammers using phishing techniques like smishing hope you will trust the link, follow up, and then provide them data they can use,” the City stated.

To learn more, or to report an instance of fraud, visit the Kingston Police website. For more information on City of Kingston parking tickets and how to pay them, visit the City of Kingston website.

One thought on “City of Kingston warns community of text scam regarding parking tickets

  • The phone number associated with this text is an Alberta area code so that should be a red flag right there.

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