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Troopers: Beware email pretending to be ticket

ALBANY — Here’s a warning from state troopers: If you get a speeding ticket by email, just delete it.

State Police say an email hoax has been circulating across the country, primarily through Yahoo email accounts. The email pretends to be a Uniform Traffic Ticket from the New York Department of Motor Vehicles, issued by the State Police. It contains an attached zip file that supposedly is a copy of the ticket that must be filled out and sent to a town court.

Police believe the zip file contains an unknown virus. The State Police computer forensics lab is analyzing it.

Troopers say neither they nor motor vehicles sent the email and people who receive it should not open it or the attachment. Police say the email should be deleted.