SCAM ALERT: Scam sites charging drivers for free DMV services

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Drivers could be paying for online services that the DMV offers for free.

Attorney General Josh Stein says fake websites have been popping up that mimic the DMV's official website.

Websites like dmv.org and dmv.com offer similar services, such as renewing registration or applying for a driver's license, but they'll charge you unnecessary fees for it. Reports say that drivers have lost more than $100 to this scam.

Additionally, there's no way to confirm that third-party websites are keeping your information confidential.

The official, state-operated website is ncdot.gov/dmv.​ On that website, you will not be charged for most online services and your information will be kept safe.

Stein says that it's important to pay close attention to the websites you are using and suggests going to the DMV to meet with an official representative in-person.

If you or someone you know have been the victim of this scam, you can file a consumer complaint at ncdoj.gov/complaint​ or call 1-877-5-NO-SCAM.