Beware of scam text messages from a fake NY DMV website

Scam text message
Scam text message via AGBC

Text messages are being sent to New York phone numbers falsely claiming that you need to visit a fake Department of Motor Vehicles website.

The message has at least two variations asking for your personal details, including one that mentions the Real ID program specifically. The website address included in the messages (nydmv.link) has been taken down, but more messages may continue to be sent with a new website. Always double-check any notifications you receive and visit the official DMV website, which is a .gov address.

The scam attempts to gather information by referencing the Real ID act, which will eventually change how drivers licenses are issued, but changes have been postponed until October 2021, and the Real ID process must be done in-person at a DMV office.

If you have entered any information into a scam site, realize that you are not alone. Follow the identity theft recovery steps from the FTC and carefully check your financial documents in the future, including your free annual credit report, which can even now be requested once a week during the coronavirus crisis.

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