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Utah DMV warns of texts that can steal your personal info

Mar 21, 2022, 1:56 PM
FILE: A man walks into the Driver License Division for the state of Utah on July 9, 2019 in Orem, U...
FILE: A man walks into the Driver License Division for the state of Utah on July 9, 2019 in Orem, Utah. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
(Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – If you have recently received a text from the Utah Division of Motor Vehicles, there’s a chance it was a scam.

The DMV warned on Monday that it noticed a surge in fraudulent texts designed to trick taxpayers into sending personal information.

“These text messages contain links to other fraudulent websites. When people click on these links, they are taken to sites designed to imitate an official-looking DMV website,” a DMV news release said. “The site then asks for images of their driver’s license, Social Security number, and other personal information.”

This is an example of a fraudulent text from scammers who claim to be from DMV. (Utah Division of Motor Vehicles)

The scam sites can include malware that allows criminals access to your device.

“If you receive an unsolicited text message that appears to be from the DMV, do not click on links or provide any personal information,” said Tax Commission Executive Director Scott Smith. “While the DMV does send text messages to remind people of scheduled appointments, the DMV does not initiate contact with taxpayers by text message to request personal or financial information.”

You can always call DMV Customer Service at 801-297-7780 if you have questions about the legitimacy of a text or any other communication.

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