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I swear - for everybody trying to make an honest dollar, there's at least 3 people trying to scam said person out of that dollar!  The latest example is coming to us via the internet.  No surprise there, millions of con-artists are fleecing tons of gullible people out of their hard earned money as you read this!

According to American Press, now you have to watch your digital wallet when you try to register your vehicle in the state of Louisiana.  The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) is warning residents to be on the lookout for "third-party" websites who claim to facilitate your registration.  The official statement the OMV released on Monday says that these websites are not affiliated with "any state government agency and are owned by for-profit companies."

While it's clear that these sites are taking money from the uninformed people using their "services" by tacking on ridiculous fees and charges - the real danger is your information.   OMV Commissioner Karen St. Germain says that several citizens were duped into providing sensitive personal information by using these sites.  Experts warn that this is the kind of data crooks need to steal your identity.

The best way to avoid the shakedown these hucksters had in mind is to make sure you are on the official, State of Louisiana vehicle registration website (which you can find here).  Germain says another dead giveaway is ads.  Third-party websites make a lot of money from these pop-ups and banner ads - if you're seeing those, it's a sure sign you are about to get overcharged.

 

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