DMV warns of new text message-based scam that seeks to steal driver’s license information

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The state Department of Motor Vehicles is warning of a new text message-based scam that is attempting to steal your driver’s license information.

The DMV issued a consumer alert on Friday, reporting that people have been getting text messages asking to follow a link to verify their driver’s license information as a means of validating their COVID-19 vaccine status.

The Department of Motor Vehicle officials said such text messages are a fraud and likely an attempt by scammers to get your personal information.

The DMV officials said some text messages that residents have received also claimed to involve a partnership between the DMV and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) requiring “an immediate validation of your COVID-19 status.”

DMV officials said that anyone who receives these — or similar — text messages should not open or respond to them and instead delete such messages immediately.

To help protect against phishing or smishing (SMS phishing) scams, the
New York State Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) recommends that people take the following scam
precautions:

• Exercise caution when reading all text messages to verify if they are from a legitimate source and a trusted entity. Look at the sender’s information.

• Keep an eye out for telltale signs of scammers: poor spelling or grammar, use of threats and if the URL in the message does not match a legitimate website.

• Don’t click on links in an unsolicited message from an unverified source.

• Don’t send your personal information via text. Legitimate businesses will not ask for sensitive personal information through text message.

DMV provides information on phishing scams on its website at https://dmv.ny.gov/more-info/phishing-attacks. Examples of the text messages can be found at https://dmv.ny.gov/more-info/phishing-examples. For information on phishing scams, as well as steps to mitigate a phishing attempt, visit the NYS Office of Information Technology Services Phishing Awareness resources page at https://its.ny.gov/resources.

More information on scams is available at the DMV’s website at www.dmv.ny.gov.

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