March 8, 2022 In Alberta, service

Service Alberta warns of scam offering refunds for licence plate expiry stickers

 Alberta eliminated the use of licence plate expiry stickers on Jan. 1, 2021.
Alberta eliminated the use of licence plate expiry stickers on Jan. 1, 2021. Photo by Greg Southam /Postmedia, file

Service Alberta is warning Albertans of a new consumer scam offering refunds for licence plate stickers.

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The ministry has heard reports of individuals receiving text messages claiming to be from Service Alberta, where scammers offer $120 refunds for licence plate stickers that includes a link. Those who click the link are asked to provide their banking information to receive a refund by direct deposit.

“Service Alberta is not offering refunds due to elimination of licence plate stickers,” a statement reads from the ministry.

“Albertans who receive this message or any other electronic message claiming to offer refunds for licence plate stickers should not click any links or input any personal or banking information.”

The province eliminated the use of the expiry stickers on Jan. 1, 2021, while vehicle registration and annual renewal fees have remained unchanged.

Service Alberta says anyone who believes they are a victim of fraud or suspected fraud should contact their local police.

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