AMHERST, N.Y. — The Amherst Police Department is telling residents to be wary of text messages from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, as a phishing scam continues to go around.
Police say these fraudulent text messages look like they’re being sent from the Department of Motor Vehicles, and they include a link to a fake website. The text tells the recipient to update their contact information, in an attempt to gain access to sensitive personal information.
Anyone who receives a text like the one posted in the Amherst Police tweet below is being told not to provide any personal information and to immediately delete the text.
⚠️TEXT MESSAGE PHISHING SCAM #ScamAlert
[AMHERST POLICE, NY] — Information from the New York State DMV regarding a text message phishing scam that is targeting DMV customers. pic.twitter.com/XQmJejhTcu
— Amherst Police 🚔 (@amherstpoliceny) February 20, 2021
The NYS Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) recommends following these precautions to protect yourself from phishing scams: