The pitch: "Order a valid International Driver's License that can never be suspended or revoked!"
The scam: There's a legitimate International Driver's Permit that allows U.S. motorists to drive in more than 100 foreign countries. In fact, it's even required of a U.S. driver going more than 300 miles into Mexico or more than 50 miles into Canada. But spam e-mail offers for an international license are fraudulent.
The real deal: Only two organizations are authorized to issue legitimate International Driver's Permits -- the AAA (known locally as the Automobile Club of Southern California) and the American Automobile Touring Alliance (better known as the National Automobile Club).
The permit, which costs $15 and is valid for a year, is a translation of your U.S. license into nine languages. It's available to anyone over 18 who has had a license for at least six months, and you don't have to be a member of either issuing organization to get one. The permit is not a license -- drivers in foreign countries are advised to carry their international permit and U.S. license together.