For Immediate Release
January 13, 2022
Brandon H. Garod, Senior Assistant Attorney General
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Concord, NH – Attorney General John M. Formella issues a Consumer Alert warning New Hampshire residents about recent reports of scammers impersonating both the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services as well as the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles in order to obtain personal identifying information from consumers.
The scam is a COVID-19 themed smishing campaign. Smishing is the fraudulent practice of sending text messages purporting to be from a reputable company or agency in order to induce individuals to provide personal identifying information.
In this smishing scam, consumers receive a text message containing a link that prompts the receiver to access a fraudulent website entitled “New Hampshire State Covid-19 Vaccine Status Validation” with the ultimate goal of harvesting personal information. Once on the site, the consumer is directed to enter personal information including their social security number, date of birth, and to upload images of their driver’s license. The scammers incorporate the seals of the Department of Health and Human Services and Division of Motor Vehicles in an attempt to increase the legitimacy of the website.
Attorney General Formella offers the following advice to avoid falling victim to text message scams:
Anyone looking to obtain records of their vaccine status should visit the New Hampshire Immunization Information System website at https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/immunization/nhiis.htm
Anyone with questions regarding vaccine registration should contact the New Hampshire Immunization Information System team using the contact information below.
New Hampshire Immunization Information System
Telephone: (603) 271-4028
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New Hampshire Department of Justice
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