Unpaid parking ticket scam aims to steal credit card information

SENECA COUNTY, Ohio (WTVG) - The Seneca County sheriff's office is warning residents of a scam.

Authorities say someone called the county commissioner's office after getting a call claiming the person owed money for an unpaid parking ticket. The caller reportedly asked for the would-be victim to call back and provide her credit card information to pay the $10 fine.

The woman called local agencies to find out if she actually owed money. Turns out, it was a scam.

The Seneca County sheriff's office posted the following response on its Facebook page: "First of all the Commissioner's Office does not make phone calls like this. Second while the $10.00 fee seems like no big deal to take care of, they now have your credit card information and will take full advantage of it.

By the time you find out that you've been scammed, thousands of dollars in purchases had been applied to your account. Leaving you countless hours of having to deal with it to straighten it out.

Anytime you receive a call from someone indicating you owe money for some type of a fine or back taxes be suspicious and check it out first. You'll be glad you did."