By Raymond Carl Dela Cruz

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MANILA – The Land Transportation Office (LTO) again warned the public that messages about traffic violations in SMS or other messaging platforms are all scams and should be ignored.

In a statement on Friday, LTO chief Assistant Secretary Vigor Mendoza II said these messages are online scams aimed at stealing personal information from victims, including their bank and e-wallet information.

“We would like to remind the public that the LTO does not send any traffic violations through text messages or any messaging app. If you receive one, that means it came from scammers,” Mendoza said.

These scam messages, he said, come with a link that once clicked, would redirect to a fake LTO site asking for the person’s license plate and other personal information.

“Do not ever type in the license plates of your motor vehicles and give other personal information about your bank or e-wallet accounts. Better yet, ignore all of them because they are certainly scams,” he said.

The LTO is coordinating with law enforcement agencies, including the Philippine National Police, and the Department of Information and Communications Technology to catch the culprits behind these scams.

Mendoza also ordered all LTO regional directors and district office heads to intensify their information drive against such scams using their respective social media accounts and through their free theoretical driving course. (PNA)