ALBANY — The state Department of Motor Vehicles is warning state residents of a text message phishing scheme.

Phishing texts are fraudulent messages designed to steal data or sensitive personal information to be used to commit identity theft. They can also trick the recipient into installing malicious software onto a computer or mobile device.

The fake text messages asked recipients to update their mailing address and contact information for speedier compliance with state Real ID regulations. Anyone who received such a text message should delete it immediately.

The DMV offers safety advice including:

n Keep an eye out for telltale phishing signs suich as poor spelling or grammar.

n Don’t click on links embedded in an unsolicited message from an unverified source.

n Don’t send your personal information via text. Legitimate businesses will not ask users to send sensitive personal information through text message.

n Don’t post sensitive information online. The less information you post, the less data you make available to a cybercriminal for use in developing a potential attack or scam.

For more information on phishing scams, as well as ways to mitigate a phishing attempt, visit the state Office of Information Technology Services Phishing Awareness resources page at

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