RICHMOND, Va. (WVEC) -- Virginia State Police warned people that emails about "automated traffic tickets" that appeared to be from the agency were part of a scam.

The emails tell people they have received tickets, but Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said troopers do not use or issue digital/automated traffic tickets or summonses.

Geller added that people should not click on any links provided in the emails and said they should delete the messages.

In June, VSP put out an advisory about scammers cloning state police phone numbers. The scammers demand money, threatening people with arrest warrants. Geller said anyone who receives one of the calls should hang up.

Virginia State Police offered these points to help people protect themselves:

  • Never open or click on a link in an email from an unknown email address, individual or organization. To check the validity of an email, locate the entity’s website and call to determine if it is a legitimate email. The same goes for an individual.
  • Never give out personal information, credit card numbers, bank account information, etc. to an unknown individuals or entities via the phone or email.
  • For additional tips on how to protect yourself and identifying common scams, click here.