DelDOT warns of texting scam

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The Delaware Department of Transportation has issued a warning about a text scam related to its identification program.

DelDOT has received inquiries about the validity of a text message asking the user to “complete your Real ID  upgrade below” with a link to click. This is not a communication from the Division of Motor Vehicles and should be ignored and deleted,” the department noted in a social media message.

Such messages are typically used as a way to gain personal information,  a practice commonly known as phishing.

The Real iD program issues a driver’s license or identification card after evidence of residency is shown at a DMV location. The Real iD will at some point be required for airline travel.

Government agencies do not send text messages unless the user agrees in advance to the practice. Text or email messages from governments never ask for the recipient to update information via a link.

 

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