November 7, 2018 4:53 pm

Would you pay for this parking ticket? Sunshine Coast residents alert police

A look at the parking ticket that was placed on some vehicles on the Sunshine Coast.

A look at the parking ticket that was placed on some vehicles on the Sunshine Coast.

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Several people on the Sunshine Coast recently alerted police after finding “suspicious” parking notices on their vehicles.

On Nov. 3, a driver who parked on Cowrie Street in Sechelt received an apparent $142 parking ticket from the Sunshine Coast Parking Authority for parking over the lines and taking up two spaces.

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The notice stated that “Failure to pay this violation may result in additional fines, arrest and/or vehicle seizure” and offered a “Quick Pay $75” option that directed the recipient to a website, accepting payment through PayPal.

The problem is, there is no Sunshine Coast Parking Authority.

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Those who make it to the website find a statement that reads, “Failure to pay this violation will not result in additional fines, arrest and/or vehicle seizure. No such authority exists on the Sunshine Coast. Although many people believe that one should! You have been scammed!”

The website also states: “The fake PayPal redirect has been removed due to a complaint to the RCMP. Always READ THE FINE PRINT!”

Looking at the original fake parking ticket, there are several clues questioning its authenticity. The notice is rife with spelling errors — including “voilation” for violation and Seashell instead of Sechelt.

Some of the alleged ticket offences (spelled as the American “offense”) include “Thinking only of yourself/laziness” and “Not keeping a safe level of blinker fluid” (spelled “fliud”).

At the very bottom, it also reads, “Finally this ticket was issued by a concerned citizen and is not an actual fine. This ticket is for entertainment purposes only.”

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Sunshine Coast RCMP warned about the fake parking ticket scam on Nov. 5 but have since removed the news release from their website.

Police told Global News they have since identified a local printer as the person behind the fake tickets and he told officers it was just a joke.

“He thought it was funny to put the “ticket” on cars whom he felt couldn’t park properly,” Const. Karen Whitby said.

“He got a ton of negative press locally though and it was kind of escalating so we decided to remove the post.”

PHOTO: A look at the full parking ticket below:

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