Torontonians Are Being Warned About Parking Violation Scams & Here's What You Need To Know

Don't be fooled.

Toronto Staff Writer
Cars parked outside of Casa Loma in Toronto.

Cars parked outside of Casa Loma in Toronto.

Toronto drivers, beware! The City is warning residents about a parking scam going around the 6ix.

According to the City, residents have reported receiving fraudulent texts that look like they're from the City asking them to pay parking violations.

The text tells residents that they have a parking infraction that must be paid by a certain date, and then provides a link for them to click into.

"Be aware of potential scams. Do not click the link or provide any personal information," the City said.

Screenshots of similar text messages have begun popping up in the post's thread.

"I went into the city of Toronto site to dispute a ticket that had been placed on my dash. Within an short amount of time that same day, I received one of these text messages," wrote one user.

Brad Ross, the City’s chief communications officer, also warned residents via Twitter about the phony texts.

"The City doesn't send text messages or email reminders about parking tickets, or issue reminders through a third party," Ross said. "If you or someone you know gets one of these, don't click on any links. Delete it."

If you live in Toronto, you probably know someone who has landed themselves a parking ticket. Especially if you visit the North York General Hospital or Bluffer's Park.

However, next time you get a message, remember that the City doesn't contact you through text about parking violations.

This article's cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.

Patrick John Gilson
Toronto Staff Writer
Patrick John Gilson is a Staff Writer for Narcity Canada’s Ontario Desk focused on Ontario gas prices and is based in Toronto, Ontario.
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