Niagara County Clerk’s Office Releases Warning on Texting Scams Disguised as DMV Alerts

The Niagara County Clerk’s Office would like residents to know about a new scam in which individuals are texting victims and claiming to be representatives from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or New York State (NYS).

This phishing scam is designed to acquire people’s personal information, and usually contains a link to a falsified website. Niagara County Clerk Joseph Jastrzemski stated: “Neither the state nor county DMV would ever ask for your personal information in an unsolicited text message, so anyone who receives such a message should immediately delete it. If you are ever unsure about a communication you receive, you should call our office before you act.” The Niagara County Clerk’s Office can be reached at (716) 439-7022.

And as a reminder, the REAL ID mandate was moved from October 1, 2020 to October 1, 2021 due to the pandemic. Such identification will be required to board a domestic flight, enter military bases, and certain federal facilities. New York’s REAL ID license, Enhanced Driver’s License, and a U.S. Passport each meet the federal requirements.