‘Do not click on the link’: Kansas sheriff warns of text message scam

Crime

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — A Kansas sheriff is trying to spread the word about a suspicious text message after two members of his community told him about it.

Ford County Sheriff Bill Carr says the text messages come from a suspicious phone number appearing to be with the Kansas Department of Revenue.

He says the text message looks something like this:

Kansas Department of Revenue – (Driver License Office) requires you to validate your driver license details due to a security upgrade of our system. Failure to validate your details may lead to the suspension of your license. Please validate your details below now!:
(hyperlink to the site)”

Suspicious text message

In a Facebook post, Carr said: “DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK This is a scam! I repeat Do Not Click on the Link to validate.

He also included this advice:

  • Remember to trust your instincts
  • If it doesn’t feel right, then it’s probably not right
  • Do not provide any personal information over the phone or internet unless absolutely necessary
  • Do not let anyone talk you into paying for bonds or court costs over the phone either
  • Never send funds via Paypal, Vinmo, gift cards, or music cards, etc.
  • Stay vigilant

Carr wants people to call law enforcement if they have any questions or concerns.

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