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Warning: Phishing Emails Impersonate NJ MVC

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Phishing emails are being sent to New Jersey state employees and the public regarding driver’s license updates, similar to recently circulated SMS text scams. These messages claim that the recipient needs to update their information with the Social Security Administration to avoid suspension of their license. These phishing email includes a link that, if clicked, directs the user to a malicious website that appears to be a French news site. The website is now identified as malicious by a number of anti-virus programs; however, new websites  – as well as different sender emails and subject lines – may be used in subsequent phishing campaigns. Email and text-based phishing messages impersonating the MVC may be targeting New Jersey residents in part due to the rollout of REAL ID.

Phishing is a type of social engineering where an attacker sends a fraudulent message designed to trick a human victim into revealing sensitive information to the attacker or to deploy malicious software on the victim’s infrastructure like ransomware

The The New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC ) reminds users to avoid clicking links received in unsolicited or unexpected emails, and to refrain from providing sensitive information to unverified entities. Additionally, inspect the sender information, including email headers, to determine if the corresponding sender email address is the legitimate contact of the organization, and call the number available on their official website to verify any suspicious communications. Users can report phishing emails to the NJCCIC via the Cyber Incident Report form

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