Scams, whether in person, on the phone, or now online, have gotten to be more of the rule as opposed to the exception.

And now, via their website, expresslane.org, the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles is warning all potential customers of a possible "phishing" scam.  In the event you aren't yet familiar with the term "phishing", here's what we found on the website phishing.org,

Phishing is a cybercrime in which a target or targets are contacted by email, telephone or text message by someone posing as a legitimate institution to lure individuals into providing sensitive data such as personally identifiable information, banking and credit card details, and passwords.

According to the Louisiana OMV, in this case, the perpetrators are attempting the scam via text messages that have the potential to steal personal information.

Louisiana residents have received text messages from scammers posing as the OMV. The messages originate from unfamiliar phone numbers and claim the recipient can collect a sum of money by clicking a link. The OMV recommends customers ignore and delete such messages.

They go on to stipulate that the Louisiana OMV never asks customers to provide sensitive personal data through text messages.  So, if that request is ever made of you when trying to conduct business with the OMV, it should immediately send up a red flag for you.

If you believe you've been contacted by these scammers or need to report suspicious or potentially criminal activity, use the Louisiana State Police online system at www.lsp.org. and look under the “Suspicious Activity” link.

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