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ATD: Possible boot scam in East Austin
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FROM AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT
ATD has been notified about a possible illegal parking boot scam occurring in East Austin. A vehicle parked on a public street was illegally booted by an unknown individual or entity. The warning posted on the vehicle directs the vehicle owner to pay a fee by calling a private phone number.
The ATD Parking Enforcement team works with the Austin Municipal Court to boot vehicles with unpaid parking citations. Along with the boot, a notice is posted informing the vehicle owner that they were immobilized for unpaid parking citations and lists a City phone number for them to contact the courts. If a car parked on a public street is booted and the warning does not direct the vehicle owner to contact the court, it’s likely illegal. This does not apply to booting/towing on private property and roads, in which ATD does not play a role.
ATD is working alongside the Austin Police Department, which has opened an investigation into the issue. If you believe you are a victim, please immediately contact Austin 3-1-1.
Below is an example of a legitimate City warning notice for a vehicle that has been immobilized with a booting device. Beware of copycat notices that may ask you to call a private phone number to make payments.