ALBANY — The New York State Division of Consumer Protection is warning state residents of a text message phishing scheme.
Phishing texts are fraudulent messages designed to obtain data or sensitive personal information. The messages are used to commit identity theft or trick the recipient into installing malicious software onto a computer or mobile device.
The illegitimate text messages reference the Secretary of State NY Drivers License Facility. They tell recipients they are required to update their data for their current NY Drivers License.
Anyone who received such a text message should delete it immediately.
To help protect against phishing or smishing scams, state officials recommend:
n 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.
n 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.
n Don’t click on links embedded in an unsolicited message from an unverified source.
n Don’t send your personal information via text. Legitimate businesses will not ask users to send sensitive personal information through text message.
n 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, visit the NYS Office of Information Technology Services Phishing Awareness resources page at https://its.ny.gov/resources or the Division of Consumer Protection Phishing Scam Prevention Tips page.
The state Division of Consumer Protection serves to educate, assist and empower the state’s consumers. For more consumer protection information, call the DCP Helpline at 1 (800) 697-1220, or visit the DCP website at https://dos.ny.gov/consumer-protection.