BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – If the DMV is texting you about updating your personal information, you should take a closer look – because it is a scam.
The DMV and state department are warning consumers not to take the bait or it could cost you a lot more than money.
It could lead to identity theft, which could cost you money and ruin your credit. Scammers are getting more sophisticated, and their text messages look so real, it is scary.
This is not just happening in New York, these fraudsters seem to be everywhere.
Sandy Barnes’ dad got a message on his cell phone, posing as the Department of Motor Vehicles. Sandy recognized it as a fake right away because it actually came from a phone.
“He said to me, ‘Sandy, I got this message. I am ready to call the police on it, I don’t think it is a real thing,” Barnes recalled. “Not like a 5-digit number from an automated computer system that it would have been sent from….