BUFFALO, N.Y. — The New York State Division of Consumer Protection and the Department of Motor Vehicles is warning New Yorkers of a text message phishing scheme.
Phishing texts are fraudulent messages designed to get access to data or sensitive personal information so it could to be used to commit identity theft or trick the victim into installing malicious software onto a computer or mobile device.
The illegitimate text messages reference the Secretary of State NY Drivers License Facility and tells recipients they are required to update their data for their current NY drivers license.
Anyone who received such a text message should delete it right away.
To help protect against phishing or smishing scams, the NYS Office of Information Technology Services recommend the following precautions:
- DO exercise caution with all communications you receive, including those that appear to be from a trusted entity. Inspect the sender’s information to confirm the message was generated from a legitimate source.
- DO keep an eye out for telltale signs of phishing - poor spelling or grammar, the use of threats, the URL does not match that of the legitimate site. If the message does not feel right, chances are it is not.
- DON’T click on links embedded in an unsolicited message from an unverified source.
- DON’T send your personal information via text. Legitimate businesses will not ask users to send sensitive personal information through text message.
- DON’T post sensitive information online. The less information you post, the less data you make available to a cybercriminal for use in developing a potential attack or scams.
For more information on phishing scams, as well as steps to mitigate a phishing attempt click here.