COVID-19 scam targeting Utahn

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UTAH (ABC4) – Several Utah state agencies are warning residents of a new phishing scam involving fake text messages.

Utah Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS), Utah Department of Health (UDOH), and Weber-Morgan Department of Health claim that the scammers are sending fake text messages where they claim to be the “UTAH COVID-19 Vaccine Status Validation.

The crooks then ask recipients to validate their vaccination status on a form integrated on a website. The website then falsely claims that the CDC and Utah DMV require a “waiver validation update,” which is not an existing process.

The text also asks for personal information such as name, date of birth, social security number, driver’s license number, weight and zip code. The text does not ask anything about COVID-19. Officials say it is a scam and no answer should be given.

Officials say the scam appears to have targeted people in Weber and Morgan counties, who reported it to the Weber-Morgan Department of Health.

“The DMV doesn’t ask for this type of information,” said Jason Gardner, public information manager for the Utah State Tax Commission. “Always beware of any attachments or unsolicited links asking for your personal information.”

Utah state government entities do not require validation of immunization status. Some private sector companies may request proof of vaccination by presenting a physical or digital vaccination record.

Authorities recommend that anyone who has completed the scam form to take precautions to monitor identity theft.

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