The scam targets its victims through e-mails, advising they have a parking or traffic citation outstanding and payment is requested.

The Fort Walton Beach Police Department has announced that an online scam has hit the local area, with reports spanning from Pensacola to Fort Walton Beach.

The scam targets its victims through e-mails, advising they have a parking or traffic citation outstanding and payment is requested. These emails can be vague or detailed, some using Florida Department of Highway Safety Motor Vehicle’s logo. The emails contain a hyperlink or link to view a document or make a payment for the “fine.” FWBPD is telling residents to note the following:

—The DHSMV, Clerks of Court, and the City of Fort Walton Beach do not email citations or parking tickets to customers;

—The DHSMV, Clerks of Court, and the City of Fort Walton Beach do not require citation payment via email;

—Citation numbers are always seven alpha-numeric digits;

—If you receive a notice regarding a suspicious citation, please contact the local Clerk of Court or call the DHSMV immediately.