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Georgia Department of Driver Services warns drivers of text message-based scam
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The Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) is warning drivers about a new, text message-based scam that is aimed at stealing driver’s license information. 

According to a release by the DDS, the scam has consisted of text messages sent to DDS customers and asking them to follow a fraudulent link to “verify their driver’s license information due to a temporary suspension”. The release said that text messages like this are a fraud and most likely an attempt by scammers to get personal information from drivers. 

“DDS employees do not contact customers to ask for personal or confidential information, such as driver’s license or Social Security numbers via email, text or telephone,” DDS Commissioner Spencer Moore said in the release. “Anyone who receives such a communication should consider it a scam to steal your identity. Customers who are pending a license suspension or other changes in their license status are notified in writing by DDS. Anyone who receives these — or similar — text messages should not open or respond to them and should instead delete such messages immediately.” 

DDS customers can quickly verify their license status through the DDS website at https://dds.drives.ga.gov/_/. All DDS customers can create an online services account at www.dds.georgia.gov and use the department’s free mobile app, “DDS 2 GO” to monitor personal information anytime. 

 “Voice and computer phishing scammers use many and varied tactics to trick victims into handing over their personal or financial information,” the release said. “Georgians should be very cautious of any unsolicited telephone calls, texts or emails that claim to be government departments, banks or companies that instruct them to follow a link or open an attachment to update or verify personal information.” 

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