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Utah DMV warns about a new scam

Nov 28, 2023, 10:00 PM | Updated: May 30, 2024, 11:36 am

Utah drivers have been getting fraudulent text messages asking recipients to update personal information.(PHOTO: Getty Images)

(PHOTO: Getty Images)

Salt Lake City, Utah — The Utah Division of Motor Vehicles warned the public in a press release about increasingly frequent text messages claiming to be from the DMV but are actually scammers.

The press release states: 

The fraudulent text messages are carefully crafted to mislead taxpayers into believing they are official communications from the DMV.

The scammers state that the recipient needs complete information on file and needs to follow the link to update their contact information.

The press release says that following the link could lead to a phishing website and/or compromise personal information.

The DMV says it uses text messages but never requests personal information. The text messages that you’d see from the DMV are basic communications to remind people of scheduled appointments.

The Federal Trade Commission says that you should never give out any personal or financial information or click on any links from anyone who contacts you out of the blue. The FTC also warns that scammers will likely ask for payment through third parties like Western Union or MoneyGram or by purchasing a gift card and sending it through the mail.

If you get a text message claiming to be from the DMV, don’t click on the link, contact the DMV at (801) 297-7780 to either report the scam or to find out if the communication is legitimate.

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Utah DMV warns about a new scam