You think we’d know by now.
Two alerts on Friday – one from the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles and the other from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department – show we’re still being duped into paying for stuff that’s free from the government and by crooks out to get personal information and money.
The DMV is seeing increased calls from people who realized they paid for information on a private website that is available for free on the DMV’s official website, www.ncdot.gov/dmv, DMV Commissioner Torre Jessup said.
While the private sites are doing nothing illegal, Jessup said, the DMV website charges nothing for DMV information and forms. And DMV ’s products are usually provided free or at much lower rates than those advertised on unofficial sites, according to Jessup.
CMPD tweeted an alert from the Federal Trade Commission about scam callers claiming to be from Equifax and asking for personal information. “Equifax isn’t calling,” says the headline on the Federal Trade Commission’s alert.
“Don’t get tricked into providing your personal information,” CMPD cautioned on Twitter.