[funsec] Online search for Registry ends in a wrong turn

Richard M. Smith rms at computerbytesman.com
Sat Mar 3 06:44:29 CST 2007

By Megan Tench, By Globe Staff  |  March 3, 2007

When a customer tried to renew her driver's license online, and Googled the
Registry of Motor Vehicles, a website appeared, asking for her name, e-mail
address, and credit card number.

But instead of renewing her license, she was charged a $10 fee for simply
using the site.

Registry officials issued a warning to the public yesterday that if they
paid up on such a website, they had been scammed.

Officials uncovered the online ploy Thursday when the customer called the
Registry, asserting that she paid $10 to be directed to the RMV website,
only to find out that due to personal circumstances she could not renew her
license online, said Anne L. Collins, the department's registrar.


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