STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Authorities are warning New Yorkers of a text message phishing scheme hunting for sensitive personal information that can be used to commit identity theft or trick victims into installing malicious software onto their electronic devices.
The illegitimate text messages, examples of which were provided by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), reference the Secretary of State NY Drivers License Facility and call on victims to update their data for their current license.
A link on the text leads victims to a fraudulent website posing as an official government page.
“Anyone who received such a text message should delete it right away,” the DMV said in a release.
The NYS Office of Information Technology Services and the Division of Consumer Protection recommend exercising caution when receiving communications, even when it appears to be from a trusted source.
New Yorkers should inspect the source of the message to ensure it is valid, the agencies said.
Additionally, keep an eye out for the telltale signs of phishing, including poor spelling or grammar, the use of threats. “If the message does not feel right, chances are it is not,” the DMV announcement said.
When links are sent from an unverified source, do not click on them, since they can be used to gather sensitive information.
Lastly, do not send personal information via text and do not 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,” authorities said.
Recently, the NYPD warned of an email scam seeking personal information while posing as someone the victim knows.
Staten Island has been ravaged by the effect of wide-ranging scams, especially in recent months.
The Advance/SILive.com previously reported that borough residents were duped out of nearly $1 million in a one-year span. One person lost life savings totaling $250,000.
In just a few weeks earlier this year, Staten Islanders lost $400,000, police said. Officials urged residents to “hang up” when scammers call on the phone.
View Original Source