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UDOT and DPS Warn Utahns about New Phishing Scam

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Department of Public Safety (DPS) are warning the public about a new phishing scam targeting Utahns.

A text message from what purports to be the “Utah Department of Transportation Driver License Validation” asks recipients to enter “invalid or missing” information on a Google form. The form then asks for such personal information as name, social security number, date of birth, driver license number, height and weight. 

Illegal phishing text.

As soon as UDOT and DPS were made aware of the phishing attempt, the state contacted Google, who promptly removed the form. 

“The state will never ask for this type of information via text message,” said Joe Dougherty, director of public affairs for DPS. “Always be suspicious of unsolicited attachments or links asking for your personal information.”

Driver licenses are issued by the DPS Driver License Division. If you have a problem with your license, visit driverlicense.utah.gov to contact customer service staff directly. The Driver License Division will never call or email Utahns for information. All contact from the division will come via the mail. 

The state will never ask for your personal information via text or an online Google form like this.

We recommend that anyone who filled out the scam form monitor your credit for fraudulent or unexpected accounts.

If you are the victim of a cyber crime, please contact your local law enforcement agency. In addition, you can report cyber crimes to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) . Cyber crime often crosses state or international borders. Trained analysts review and research the complaints and disseminate them to the proper federal, state, local,or international law enforcement agency

For more information on cyber crimes, visit https://siac.utah.gov/cyber-security/.


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