ATLANTA, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Reports from residents around the state about receiving fraudulent calls have prompted the Georgia Department of Transportation to warn against employee impersonators.
The department received several accounts of people who say they got calls from a person claiming to be a GDOT employee.
The fake employee told residents that they were caught crossing the double line to enter or exit the HOV lanes by GDOT traffic cameras, and demanded they give credit card information to pay for fines that were issued.
The so-called employee threatened to suspend or take action against their license if they didn’t pay the fines over the phone.
As a way to help Georgia drivers avoid becoming the next scam victims, GDOT gave some insight on their policies and procedures with the following info:
- Georgia DOT does not issue traffic citations or fines.
- Georgia DOT does not solicit credit card information.
- Georgia DOT traffic cameras are not able to see or read license plates nor do they record or save traffic footage.
- Citizens should not provide financial information over the phone unless they initiated the conversation.
If you gotten a call or get a call about credit card information and unpaid fines after reading this, GDOT recommends reporting it as fraud to the Federal Trade Commission by clicking here.