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MVD warns New Mexicans against scam


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The Motor Vehicle Division is warning New Mexicans not to respond to fraudulent text messages asking recipients to “validate” their driver’s licenses.

The messages appear to be an attempt to obtain recipients’ social security numbers and other personal information, according to a press release issued by the state Taxation and Revenue Department.

The fraudulent messages that began going out this weekend come from a 972-area code with the message: “New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) Driver License Waiver Validation. Validate Your Details Below.”

“The messages do not come from the Motor Vehicle Division,” the press release states.

The messages appear to be a scam known as “smishing,” similar to the email scam known as “phishing” but which instead uses texting to lure in victims.

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More information about protecting yourself from scams is available from the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office at https://www.nmag.gov/scams-and-fraud.aspx.