New York DMV warns of COVID-19 text message phishing scam – RochesterFirst

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(WETM) — The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles issued a warning for New Yorkers of a text message phishing scheme asking for COVID-19 vaccination status.
The DMV says these illegitimate text messages ask recipients to verify their driver’s license information and to validate their COVID-19 status. Anyone who received such a text message should delete it right away.  
The following images are samples of the illegitimate text messages:
Phishing texts are fraudulent messages designed to obtain data or sensitive personal information to be used to commit identity theft or trick the recipient into installing malicious software onto a computer or mobile device.
To help protect against phishing or smishing (SMS phishing) scams, the NYS Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) recommends the following precautions:
For additional 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
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