UTAH

Utah election leaders warn of fake text, election phishing scams

Oct 27, 2023, 2:46 PM

Image of a list of text messages on a cell phone. Utah election leaders said that a fake text, shar...

Image of a list of text messages on a cell phone. Utah election leaders said that a fake text, shared by Utah's Lt. Governor, should have Utahns looking out for future elections-related scams. (Shutterstock)

(Shutterstock)

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah election leaders said that a fake text shared by Utah’s Lt. Governor should have Utahns looking out for future elections-related scams.

“While we haven’t seen a lot of these that are election-related, I think with the Presidential election coming into that cycle we are going to see an uptick,” said Utah’s Director of Elections, Ryan Cowley.

“And so it’s just an important reminder of what you’re getting and be aware of it.” 

Here’s what the fake text looked like

The text read, “Your GOP voter profile is incomplete … please finish your GOP profile RIGHT NOW and make a 550% difference HERE,” followed by a link that was blacked out.

Henderson responded on X, formerly Twitter, with her own post reading “REMINDER: Do not click links on text messages from unknown senders! Bad people are getting more sophisticated. Don’t become a victim of a phishing scam.”

Cowley said there were some key signs that this text was fake. It created a sense of urgency by telling the reader to do something right now. It included a link with weird characters. And it came from an unknown sender.

“When these types of texts or emails are asking for personal information … that’s always a red flag,” he said. We’ve got our website [Vote.Utah.Gov] that you can go to, we’re never going to be sending out things like that.” 

Protect yourself from phishing scams

The state does use a system that allows voters to opt in and receive texts, it’s called BallotTrax. Cowley said the key difference is the content of the text or email.

“Is it informing you, is it pointing you to a trusted source? Or is it trying to get you to take some action and enter in some personal information right there in the text or email,” Cowley said.

Other tips to protect yourself from phishing scams, Cowley said, are to avoid clicking directly on a link. He also recommends that you make sure to have anti-virus software on your browser. Finally, he said that Utahns can always contact their county clerks if they’re unsure.

Keep reading:

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Utah

A car is filled at a gas pump in Sandy on Tuesday, March 19, 2024....

Adam Small

Experts predict record number of drivers, lower Memorial Day gas prices

Experts have predicted that 43.8 million people will travel this weekend. They could experience lower gas prices.

3 minutes ago

SLCPD emblem at the Salt Lake City Public Safety Building....

Devin Oldroyd

SLCPD investigating alleged homicide involving a child

SLCPD is conducting a homicide investigation involving a man and a child. The investigation is ongoing.

13 hours ago

a police car is pictured...

Devin Oldroyd

Two injured following Glendale Neighborhood shooting

A man and a woman were hospitalized following a shooting in the Glendale Neighborhood early Sunday morning.

18 hours ago

South Salt Lake Police Department...

Devin Oldroyd

South Salt Lake Police Department searching for missing, endangered 13-year-old

The South Salt Lake Police Department is looking for missing and endangered Aliah Samora. Police say she may be in West Jordan.

18 hours ago

A Salt Lake City stabbing has led to a man being in critical condition after being stabbed during a...

Kennedy Camarena

One person critically injured in Salt Lake City stabbing

A man is in critical condition after a fight and attempted burglary led to him being stabbed. Police are investigating the incident.

19 hours ago

A photo of the car a man crashed into a crash attenuator on I-15 in an American Fork car crash....

Mark Jackson and Kennedy Camarena

American Fork car crash on I-15 ends in fatality

A car crash in American Fork on I-15 ended in one fatality when the driver crashed into an off-ramp in early Sunday morning.

21 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

a doctor putting her hand on the chest of her patient...

Intermountain Health

Intermountain nurse-midwives launch new gynecology access clinic

An access clinic launched by Intermountain nurse-midwives provides women with comprehensive gynecology care.

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

a person dressed up as a nordic viking in a dragon boat resembling the bear lake monster...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Legend of the Bear Lake Monster

The Bear Lake monster has captivated people in the region for centuries, with tales that range from the believable to the bizarre.

...

Live Nation Concerts

All the artists coming to Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly USANA Amp) this summer

Summer concerts are more than just entertainment; they’re a celebration of life, love, and connection.

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

Utah election leaders warn of fake text, election phishing scams