BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) is warning the public of a text message phishing scam circulating the area.
The scam targets an individual’s personal information.
Messages are texted from bogus phone numbers and state that the person receiving the text can collect money through a link.
The Louisiana OMV is telling the public to ignore and delete any text message that appears to be from the OMV. The OMV will never ask for personal information via text message.
Report any suspicious or criminal activity to Louisiana State Police online through their “Suspicious Activity” page.
The Louisiana OMV says you can avoid scams with these tips:
- DO exercise caution with all communications you receive from anonymous sources.
- DO confirm the message was generated from a legitimate source.
- DO keep an eye out for signs of phishing (rewards, vague URLs, incorrect grammar).
- DO NOT click on links in an unsolicited message from an unverified source.
- DO NOT send your personal information via text.
- DO NOT post sensitive information online.