PROVIDENCE, RI — The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is warning residents of a text message phishing scam fraudulently asks victims to click on a link to validate information for a license waiver.
According to RIDOT, this is not legitimate and anyone who receives this message via text message or email should delete it immediately without clicking on any links or providing personal information.
RIDOT is asking all residents to be cautious when providing personal information online and has released the following list of measures that can be taken to avoid scams:
- Never share sensitive information, such as your social security number or banking information, via text messages, email or social media.
- If you receive an email that seems to originate from RIDOT, ensure it is from a dot.ri.gov email address before responding or clicking any links.
- Only fill out forms related to RIDOT programs and projects on secure government (.gov) websites.
- When in doubt, check the RIDOT website for up-to-date, accurate information or contact RIDOT’s Customer Service office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you visited a fraudulent website and believe that your personal information may be at risk, visit www.identitytheft.gov.
Fraudulent messages can be reported to local police departments, the Rhode Island State Police, or the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit at 401-274-4400.
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