City of Vancouver warns of parking scam

Vancouverites are being warned of a scam that is targeting people via text message.

The City of Vancouver says it has been notified of a scam where people receive a text stating that they have an overdue parking ticket.

This is the second time the city has issued a warning about the texts, after its initial alert in December. 

An example of the message shared by the city shows a message suggesting “you have an unresolved offence,” with a deadline at which to resolve it.

The message goes on to say that an “invoice” will be sent within an hour.

A screenshot of a parking scam that is being warned of by the City of Vancouver

A sample of the parking ticket scam the City of Vancouver is warning of. (Photo screenshot via Twitter / @CityofVancouver)

The City advises that these messages are not from them.

“We do not notify the public of fines through texting, media or social media,” the city said.

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People are being warned not to click on any links sent to them, and not to provide any payment information.

Those who receive such a message are advised to report them to their cellphone provider and delete them.

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