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Georgian Drivers Being Targeted With New Email Scam

AJC.com reported on 8th October, 2015, stating that Georgia Department of Driver Services and the Georgia Department of Revenue of late warned Internauts about an email scam, which instructs drivers to confirm their details of driving license or face suspension.

The scam email claims to be from DMV or the Department of Motor Vehicles, but according to state officials, it is a usual phishing scam designed to embezzle personal information of drivers. Cybercriminals employ the information to carry out identity theft.

AJC.com published news on 8th October, 2015, quoting Georgia Steele, Director of Department of Revenue Motor Vehicles Division, as saying "The employees of Georgia Department of Revenue Motor Vehicles Division (MVD) do not contact consumers via email to ask personal or confidential information like Driver's license or Social Security numbers, and so anyone who gets such email should consider it as a scam to steal your identity. We want Georgians to guard themselves against these offenses by not providing personal information through email".

Customers conducting business via the protected DDS website, www.dds.ga.gov, get a confirmation notification from a protected email, particularly from Department of Driver Services OnlineServices@dds.ga.gov after their service is over.

Due to the popularity of Department of Motor Vehicles, scammers have unfortunately maligned and used its name in their previous scam email campaigns. Security experts point out that the Department of Motor Vehicles is approached by a large number of people all over America, and so it becomes an ideal website for scammers to target. They further go on to add that scammers strike websites which are frequently visited by users.

Phishing scams posing as a confirmation email from the Florida DMV were intercepted in February 2013. Internauts received an email, which seemed to be a confirmation message from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. The email apparently confirmed the latest driving license of the user and renewal of vehicle registration.

The message looked absolutely genuine, and it contains the purchase ID and tracking number and even looked to have come from "flhsmv.gov" email address.

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