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Don't fall for licence plate sticker refund scam, police warn

South Simcoe Police Service has received reports of a text message phishing scam that provides a fraudulent link
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Don't be conned by a text message about your Ontario licence plate refund, South Simcoe Police Service are warning.

"We are receiving reports of a text message phishing scam that provides a fraudulent link for licence plate sticker refunds," police said, urging residents . The not to open or click on any links "as this message is a scam."

"Service Ontario will not contact you directly to get a licence plate sticker refund. The refund is mailed to your home," police said.

The province has eliminated licence plate stickers for passenger vehicles, light-duty trucks, motorcycles and mopeds.

However, vehicle owners must still renew their licence plates and have valid insurance. The renewal can be done online, at Service Ontario or by mail.

According to the Ministry of Transportation, if you paid renewal fees for your licence plate sticker for an individually-owned vehicle between March 1, 2020 to March 12, 2022, the address on your driver’s licence is correct and you do not owe defaulted fees, fines or tolls, you will receive a refund cheque in the mail starting at the end of March and throughout the month of April. You must continue to renew your licence plate every one to two years.

Further details on licence renewal and refunds can be found here.