DMV Refund Scam: How It Works
Beware of a new DMV Refund Scam going around these days. Did you receive a text message promising you that? As you can probably imagine, the notification refers to a bogus refund coming from DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles). This fake payment is part of a long list of phone scams that we have been exposing lately. But let’s take an in-depth look at the trap.
Here is the content of the DMV Refund check notification:
“D.M.V. – Current license holders, are receiving $2895 refund. Get your check, by April 28 – mv2dep.com/+/63572893“
As a matter of fact, the text above contains a lot of grammar mistakes for the number of words it has. First, DMV is not spelled with dots in between, the commas are used in the wrong places and the overall message sounds off. Rest assured, the DMV text message does not come from the real Department of Motor Vehicles.
DMV Refund Check: Fake Survey
So how does the DMV Refund Scam work? As in many other text message scams, The criminals try to lure their victims into clicking a link. As in all the other fraudulent cases, this action takes you to a survey page that collects personal information. If the fake survey is completed, participants are taken to a fake “DMV refund” page where victims have the chance to fill in their data in order to receive the money.
This is just a trick used to get you into participating. Stay away. It was discovered that all these bots sending the DMV text messages are coming from China. This type of notification is perpetrated in many phishing scams.
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