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Public Health, DelDOT warn of COVID vax text message scam

Charles MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

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State agencies are warning Delawareans to be on alert for scams requesting that recipients verify their COVID-19 vaccination status.

DelDOT and the Department of Motor Vehicles have received reports from individuals who say they received text messages from the agencies with a link to a vaccination status verification page.

The message reportedly contains a link that, if clicked, could contaminate the recipient’s device with malware or seek to steal personal identification information. 

“This is NOT a communication from the Division of Motor Vehicles and should be ignored and deleted,” the notice says. 

“The Delaware Department of Motor Vehicles does not send vaccination status verification notices via text message, nor is your personal information (such as driver license number, Social Security number, or payment information) requested in this manner.”

In a Division of Public Health social media post, the agency says that it does not ever request private information such as an individual’s social security number or driver’s license number by text message. 

If you receive a text message from a state agency asking you to verify your vaccination status, you should report it to the Delaware Department of Justice Fraud and Consumer Protection Unit at 302-577-8600.

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