For Immediate Release
May 17, 2021
Kate Giaquinto, Director of Communications
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Concord, NH – Attorney General John M. Formella and Director Elizabeth A. Bielecki announce that the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has received multiple reports of scammers contacting New Hampshire consumers by text message, impersonating DMV employees. Similar scams have been recently reported in other states across the country.
In one reported scam, New Hampshire consumers report receiving a text message claiming that the DMV is awarding the consumer with a cash prize for being a safe driver. The text message encourages the recipient to click on a link in order to claim their cash prize.
In another reported scam, a New Hampshire consumer reported receiving a text message from an individual that falsely represented they worked for the DMV and needed the consumer to text them back in order to update the consumer's driving status.
The New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles does not send unsolicited text messages to consumers. Any unsolicited text message that claims to be from the DMV is a scam. The DMV similarly does not award cash prizes.
Attorney General Formella offers the following advice to avoid falling victim to text message scams:
Consumers that have questions about a text message they receive that appears to be from the DMV should call (603) 271-4000.
New Hampshire Department of Justice
33 Capitol Street | Concord, NH | 03301