RMV Warns Customers About Text Message Phising Scam


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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles and the Westfield Police Department are warning customers and residents about a new scam.

The scam involves a text message being sent to customers of the RMV to "validate your driver's license profile" and asking them to click on a link. The link then goes to a Google doc that tries to get the user to put in their personal information, according to Westfield Police.

The Westfield Police Department posted a photo of an example of the text message on their Facebook.

Photo: Westfield Police Department

In a statement, the RMV recognized this as a scam because of the use of the wrong title for the RMV in the accompanying link in the text message.

"Customers can identify this type of text as a phishing scam because it includes 'DMV' and in Massachusetts 'DMV' is not the name of the Registry of Motor Vehicles; in Massachusetts, the name of the Registry is abbreviated as 'RMV'."

The RMV also said it does not send unsolicited text messages asking for any personal information and that any official communications would come with a link ending in "mass.gov".

Westfield Police are urging anyone who receives this text message or something similar to it unsolicited to not open the link, block the number the message came from, and mark it as spam or delete the message.

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