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County Clerks Dinolfo & Jankowski Warn Residents About Fake DMV Website

Tue, Aug 25 2009

Rochester -- Monroe County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo and Wayne County Clerk Mike Jankowski are warning residents about a potentially-fraudulent website that is attempting to deceive consumers. DMVAuthority.org offers New York State residents the opportunity to renew their vehicle registration through the website. However, the site is not affiliated with the DMV, or the Monroe or Wayne County Clerk's Offices, and is not authorized to provide such a service. Residents in Wayne County, and other upstate counties, have complained of paying DMVAuthority.org to renew their registration and receiving nothing in return.
 
"Monroe County residents should be aware that while the DMVAuthority.org website looks official, the offer to renew your vehicle registration is a scam," said Dinolfo. "While no Monroe County residents have yet reported being taken in by this scam, residents in other counties have been cheated. Local residents can make use of their local DMV offices and mobile units to renew their vehicle registration. As always, we will look forward to assisting them."
 
Online popup windows and emails have appeared directing residents to a web site purporting to offer the online renewal of car registrations for an additional fee of $10 plus $15 for shipping and handling. The County Clerks caution that, according to the Commissioner's Office, this site is not associated with the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles in any way. DMVAuthority.org is currently under investigation by the DMV and the State Attorney General’s office. If anyone has used this site they should contact the Attorney General’s Office.
 
Dinolfo became aware of the fake website after Wayne County Clerk Mike Jankowski informed her that Wayne County residents had come to his office to complain that they had not received their registration documents from DMVAuthority.org. After making inquiries to the State, the County Clerks confirmed that no renewal applications had ever been submitted on behalf of the customers.
 
"Hopefully, by getting the message out we can put an end to this scam and protect consumers," said Jankowski. "I encourage the State DMV and the Attorney General to take immediate action to stop DMVAuthority.org from continuing to harm local taxpayers."
 
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Media Only: For further information, call:
the Monroe County Clerk at 585-753-1645 or the Wayne County Clerk at 315-946-7470