Service Alberta has heard reports of Albertans receiving text messages falsely claiming to be from Service Alberta. Scammers are offering $120 refunds for licence plate stickers via text message and the text includes a link. People who click the link are asked to input their banking information to allegedly receive a refund by direct deposit. These messages are not from Service Alberta.
Service Alberta is not offering refunds due to elimination of licence plate stickers. Albertans who receive this message or any other electronic message claiming to offer refunds for licence plate stickers should not click any links or input any personal or banking information.
Alberta eliminated the use of licence plate expiry date stickers on January 1, 2021. Vehicle registration and annual renewal fees remain unchanged. Report the incident to your local police and get a file number for future reference. Please also contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre toll free at 1-888-495-8501 or through the Fraud Reporting System.