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JONES, Okla. - Judy Brackett did a double take.

“That popped up, and I went 'Oh my gosh,'” she said.

The notice is supposedly from The Department of Motor Vehicles out of the District of Columbia, claiming Judy was in trouble for not paying a speeding ticket.  

Judy wasn't driving in DC the day the citation was supposedly issued.

Still, she said the email scared her, because it's so well written and looks legit.

It even uses a bar code and the real logo from the DMV's website.

We brought this to the attention of Captain Paul Timmons from the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety.

He said his agency will never demand payment for a citation over the phone or online.

“If you ever get any correspondence from a government agency, it's not going to be through email,” he said. “It's going to be a letter, more than likely a certified letter to the last known address.”

Be suspicious of unsolicited emails.

There’s a good possibility they include a Trojan Horse that lets the cyber criminals access your computer and personal information. 

“I would encourage people to just breathe for a second, get your whits about you and either call someone else and ask for an opinion of what they think or contact law enforcement,” Timmons said.

Judy relied on her daughter and law enforcement to help her get to the bottom of things.

She has this message for the shysters.

“Quit being so obnoxious and trying to take advantage of older people,” she said.

If the email isn't from someone you know and they're asking for cash or making a threat or asking you to download something, delete it.

It's also a great idea to routinely update all of the security software on your devices.