FORSYTH COUNTY — Authorities are alerting Georgia drivers to be aware of an email scam that asks them to verify their license details or face suspension.
The e-mail, which claims to have been sent from the Department of Motor Vehicles, appears to be a common phishing scam designed to steal personal information from recipients.
Information collected may be used by Internet criminals to commit identity theft.
Georgia Steele, director of the state Department of Revenue Motor Vehicles Division, said in a statement that employees “do not contact customers to ask for personal or confidential information.”
“Anyone who receives such a communication should consider it is a scam to steal your identity,” she said. “We want Georgians to protect themselves against these crimes by never providing personal information in email.”
The commissioner of driver services, Rob Mikell, echoed Steele’s comments.
"DDS does not ask customers to provide personal information through email,” he said. “Customers that do conduct business through the secure DDS website … will receive email confirmation from a secure email specifically from Department of Driver Services.”
In addition, customers should beware of deceptive DMV websites that claim to provide information and services for Georgia drivers. The official state driver services’ website is www.dds.ga.gov (not .org or .com).