Fake letter says over 800 traffic tickets released accidently in Effingham Co.

Published: Dec. 5, 2022 at 1:13 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 5, 2022 at 4:29 PM EST
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EFFINGHAM COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office is warning about a fake post circulating on social media about traffic tickets.

A letter appearing to be released by Effingham County Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie is making the rounds on social media claiming that 800 traffic tickets have been accidentally issued. But the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office says that’s not true, and the letter is fake.

The letter which spells Sheriff McDuffie’s name wrong- includes fake quotes from McDuffie- encouraging people to pay traffic tickets issued in error from school zone speed cameras.

One of the fake quotes attributes McDuffie as saying, “We are thrilled that our diligent efforts to keep our roads safe have resulted in such a high number of traffic tickets being issued.”

Brian Bailey from the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office says that it looks like the letter originated on Facebook.

He says there were some issues recently with school zone speed cameras issuing tickets in error- but those issues have been resolved.

“The tickets that were being mentioned in the letter had been corrected. Obviously there was an issue with one of the cameras, and that has been corrected, so we just wanted to jump ahead and just kind of let the public know that did not come from us, did not come from the Sheriff’s Office.”

If you ever have any questions about any communications appearing to be from the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office, they want you to know you can always call them and make sure that it’s real.