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Three fraudulent websites attempting to steal Floridian’s driver’s license information were shut down Tuesday by Attorney General Ashley Moody and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
The scam sites asked Floridians to send personal information over text message, claiming that the data is needed to print a new driver’s license that displays vaccination status. The websites even prompted targets to upload images of their driver’s licenses.
While Moody succeeded in shutting down three scam websites, she warned Floridians to be on the lookout for the scammers to pop up with a new website.
“I am grateful for the quick action of my attorneys and FDLE to identify and shut down these fraudulent websites, but our work here is far from over,” she said.
“Please remain vigilant, and if you encounter one of these fake driver’s license update websites, report it immediately. By quickly reporting these scams, we can ensure the websites are shut down to help better protect Floridians’ personal information.”
Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Executive Director Terry Rhodes assured drivers that his department doesn’t print vaccination status on licenses and has no plans to start — especially via text.
“If you receive a text asking for this information, it is a scam. With only the information on your driver’s license, scammers can create many fraudulent financial accounts. Please do not respond to these texts and do not click on the links contained in the text message,” he said.
Moody said Floridians can avoid falling victim to this scam and others by refusing to send personal information to unknown numbers and not posting pictures of vaccination cards or driver’s licenses online.
Floridians can stay up to date on emerging COVID-19 related scams via Moody’s Consumer Alert webpage.
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