DHSS warns of text-message scam
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services (DHSS) is warning residents of a new text-message scam targeting their personal information. Registered using a provider from the European Union, this scam-ware has been live since December 2nd.
The text message requests that you visit a website and enter your social security number, name and date of birth. The website also asks individuals to upload photos of their Driver License to validate their “one-time Covid-19 Vaccine verification.” In an attempt to legitimize the site, logos of DHSS and the Missouri Department of Revenue’s myDMV portal appear along the top.
The DHSS has worked with the Office of Administration’s Information Technology Services Division (OA-ITSD) to take all actions and report the site to the proper authorities. The host of the text-message scam site maintains the software externally. This makes it difficult to find the source.
Additionally, the DHSS encourages residents to protect their personal information online. They will never ask for an SSN over email or text. People have reported text messages originating from 1-704-525-9772, while others receive messages from various numbers.
If a person submitted their information through this website, DHSS recommends starting with the following steps to protect themselves:
- Contact your financial institutions to notify them of the privacy breach
- Contact the Social Security Administration to report an exposed SSN
- Contact credit reporting services and alert them your information was disclosed
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