Drivers in Alameda have been alerted that fake parking citations have been recently found on cars, the city's police department said.
A clerk discovered the deception when a driver showed up to pay the apparent $100 fine. Although the document was elaborate, it was a hoax and not intended to defraud anyone, the police said Wednesday.
Text on the ticket revealed that it was not issued by an official entity.
"Finally, this ticket was issued by a concerned citizen and is not an actual fine," it says. "This ticket is for entertainment purposes only.”
The homemade material also was not made to appear as if it were issued by city officials and lacks references to Alameda Municipal Codes, the police said.
"The tickets do not appear as an attempt to defraud anyone and should be disregarded if one appears on your windshield, especially if you are legally parked," the police said.