Once again the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is warning residents of a text scam that is going around.

The scam first started back last month and now is happening again. Here is what is happening. You get a text saying that "Alert From New York - DMV: Due to our new regulation complaint please update your contact information at: (Link)"

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The DMV stated that is a form of phishing and they would never text out that you need to update your information.

They also posted on their website some dos and don'ts when it comes to potential scams.

Do Not

  • Respond to unsolicited text messages or emails, click on links, download files or open attachments from an unverified source.
  • Give personal information over the phone or through text or email and or enter personal information in a pop-up screen.

Do

  • Be cautious with all communications you receive, even those that appear to be from a trusted source. Phishers may use real company logos to make their communications seem legitimate.
  • Look for common signs of phishing like poor spelling or grammar, the use of threats, or a URL that does not match that of the legitimate website.
  • Install, update and use anti-virus and anti-spyware software on your computer or devices, as well as phishing filters on your email and web browser to help reduce the number of phishing attempts.
  • Review financial account statements as soon as you receive them to check for unauthorized charges and check your credit reports regularly.
  • Contact organizations or institutions in response to unsolicited text messages or e-mails using their name.

Remember that if you are unsure of the sender, double-check with the person or agency that send you the text or email before giving out personal information.

 

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