New York’s Department of State and the Division of Consumer Protection cautioned the public about a new phishing scam. It involves emails that appear to be sent from the state government. The emails ask people for verification to avoid future delays in renewing their driver’s license.
The department provided a sample of the type of emails targeting unsuspecting recipients. The messages contained a non-listed URL. State officials said anyone who receives such an email should delete it immediately.
Phishing involves emails that are disguised as legitimate entities. Scammers send phishing emails to acquire private information or sensitive data. The stolen details can then be used to engage in identity theft.
Incorrect spelling or grammar are often red flags. Other telltale signs of phishing include the use of threats or the URL not matching the website of a trusted entity. When you receive an unsolicited email from an unknown source, a best practice is to avoid clicking on links within the message.
Law enforcement has been cracking down on phishing and other internet crimes. If you have been accused of phishing or related offenses, you need quality legal representation in your corner. Brill Legal Group has handled all types of internet crime cases in New York. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.