State Warns Against Deceptive Sites Asking For Fee

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The state is warning drivers of
deceptive websites that people into paying a fee to access online
motorist services.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
issued a warning Friday to customers about the official-looking
websites that require a surcharge. The state site does not require
a surcharge for any of its websites.

Executive Director Julie Jones says to call the websites misleading is an understatement.

They provide small disclaimers that state they are not affiliated with the Department and then proceed to charge customers anywhere from $25 to $50. Jones called it "an unbelievable racket."

Since the websites add a disclaimer, what they are doing
technically is legal. Jones adds that the Department wanted to warn customers about he scam.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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