Officials with the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles are warning drivers about a phishing scam that attempts to collect money for past-due tickets.

Officials said intended targets may receive an email from “”  In the email, recipients are told they have a “Notice of Unsatisfied Photo Enforcement Ticket.” The email then instructs people to click the link “Lost Traffic Tickets.”

Those who receive this email notice should forward it to the Federal Trade Commission at or to, which uses the reports to fight such scams.

DMV officials said photo enforcement tickets are mailed only through the U.S. Postal Service to the address linked to the vehicle’s tag number. If you have an unpaid photo enforcement ticket, DMV officials in the District will mail you a notice with specific information on how to contest the ticket. The D.C. DMV  contacts customers by email only if they have registered for the department’s email ticket alert system. Drivers who have registered for that service will receive an email notifying them to log into their account when there is updated information about a ticket.