It's terrible how many scams there are out there.
It's tough to even know which phone calls to answer or which emails are authentic. Every once in a while the scammer will seriously tip their hand and let it be known straightaway that they are trying to run a game on you.
I got one of those scam emails on Tuesday and I'm going to give you a chance to play amateur detective.  I'm assuming many of you know me, or have at least listened on air and that would certainly help you figure out this mystery.  I took the embedded links out of this, but I'm otherwise pretty much showing you this intact. Now, guess how I knew this was a scam immediately:
Department of Transportation <>

Wes Nessman

Tue 5/2/2023 3:54 PM

Message intended for: Wes Nessman

Mr./Ms. Nessman, our traffic cameras recorded you running a red light on April 22, 2023. As such, you have been charged with a traffic citation.

You may contest this citation in court, or pay the fine online at You may do so no sooner than May 05, 2023, and no later than May 09, 2023.

Thank you for your attention,
Department of Transportation


So Scooby Squad, how did I know it was a scam? Was it the fact that it said "Department Of Transportation" but didn't indicate a state? Was it the fact that there are no traffic cameras nearby? Maybe I was laid up on April 22, 2023?

That's wrong on three counts. I knew it was a scam because there's no such person as "Wes Nessman". That's just my goofy radio name. Well, Wes is my real name, I just added the last name to be memorable.

I hope you keep this kind of info in mind. Don't get scammed and watch out for viruses. You might also want to put your email under a goofy name.

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