Tax Collector Randolph, Florida AG warn of text alert scam

The attorney general is warning of the “vaccine status license scam” in which people are getting a text message on their phone, asking them to validate their vaccine status.

Clicking on the link takes you to a fake site with logos from the Department of Health and Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, asking for personal information.

“You will never get a text message from the tax collector or the DMV requesting your driver’s license number or social security number or other information like that,” Orange County tax collector Scott Randolph said.

Randolph said he is disgusted with scammers who are trying to prey on people in the pandemic.

“It is frustrating because we always try to stay one step ahead of the scammers and they are out there, unfortunately, trying to get people to hand over private information. It is always a struggle for us,” Randolph said.

The latest alert from Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office details the latest scam. She says more often in Florida, people are targeting the phones of consumers.

Here are consumer tips for this and similar scams:

  • Don’t trust unsolicited text messages
  • Don’t click on suspicious messages or links
  • Don’t post photos of vaccination cards or driver licenses online

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