Email-Scam Announcement

The Peru Police Department is warning of a new scam making the rounds. Scammers are sending emails to people in an attempt to get payments for citations that don’t exist.

The email says the recipient has been cited with a traffic violation and must pay up within 72 hours. The bad guys even offer payment plans. Tellingly, the message says to NOT send in checks to the department, but, rather, to pay online through a third party. The scam email closes by saying that the Department of Motor Vehicles had sent the message, and it pointedly says not to reply.

Peru Deputy Chief of Police Bob Pyszka says that any Illinois Valley traffic citations will be issued by the officer in person, on the scene, and NEVER through an email.

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