Unfortunately for many Americans, the parking ticket scam has become a pimple on the surface of living and lifestyle. In fact, figuring out a way to scam people out of their hard earned money through traffic tickets is so simple, a 16 year old can, and did, precisely that according to Chester County Police in Pennsylvania.
Fiesta promises to be a haven for scammers looking to take advantage of food jammed, drink packed, Fiesta voyagers. What can you do to make sure you’re not the victim of a 16 year old XBox junkie?
Know Your Apps!
Unfortunately Texas doesn’t have what San Francisco has, which is an app that lets you sell your parking spot.
But in the same way technology can be used for sinister parking scams, technology can be used to protect against sinister parking scams.
Parkmobile is an app that lets you pay for parking with mobile ease. Look for parking areas managed by SP Plus, or LAZ Parking for these options. If you end up in Austin because that’s what the Smirnoff Preparadas told you to do, SpotHero offers a similar service while also allowing you to find and compare garage rates. These are incredibly simple ways to find parking in advance that way you’re not figuring everything out amidst traffic and wrong turns.
Check the Website
When we get a parking ticket, most of us just accept it, get Hulk-smash angry, and move on. Rarely do we actively read the tickets. But you should. All you’re losing is time. For one, parking ticket scams are becoming more popular because government entities really do offer payment on their websites. Even the City of San Antonio’s website has an official warning at the top of its parking ticket page warning against fraudulent emails.
Any ticket directing you to a proper website will be labeled “https” in the front and “.gov” in the back. In addition, the city of San Antonio doesn’t request personal information via email. Don’t feel stupid for falling prey to these email scams. Tech nerds and governments (!) have been victimized by phishing scams so don’t be so hard on yourself. But be hard on potential scammers.
The credit repairmen already have an official Fiesta survival guide. But to reiterate, what better way to avoid parking tickets, whether real or fake, than to avoid parking altogether?
As mentioned, the VIA Park & Ride only charges you a small fee, and the pick-up and drop-off locations are listed on Fiesta’s website. Uber is another transportation option as the “official ride” of Fiesta San Antonio. The VIA Park & Ride also provides a coupon for a free drink. Fiesta’s already begun. Don’t let scammers get a head start.