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Posted: Friday, October 15, 2021

Information Security: Text Scams

The New York State Department of Health and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission are warning New Yorkers and others about a phishing text message asking individuals to confirm a vaccine appointment. The fraudulent text message impersonates the NYS Department of Health and links to a false site asking the recipient to divulge personal information.

The NYS Department of Motor Vehicles has also warned New Yorkers about a text message phishing scam asking individuals to verify driver license numbers and to validate COVID-19 status.

The FTC warns individuals

  • to exercise caution with all communication they receive—especially when it appears to be from a trusted source;
  • to continue to look for poor spelling and grammar, threats, and suspicious URLs;
  • not to click on a link from an unsolicited message or unverified source; always verify the source before clicking;
  • not to send personal information via text;
  • to remember to be careful about what they post online and in social media.
Submitted by: Melissa J. Miszkiewicz
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