According to thinkIT partner, KnowBe4, cybercriminals have recently shifted their phishing campaigns to target drivers. Reports of the scam began in Albany, New York early last week, when emails supposedly sent from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) began appearing in its customers’ email mailboxes.
The fake emails advise the recipients that they have numerous outstanding traffic violations and must pay a fine within 48 hours. The cybercriminal then provides two links, one to admit guilt and the other to refute the violations. Both links lead the users to malicious files.
Here is an example of the cybercriminal’s message:
Unlike most recent phishing campaigns, this hack attack has two main factors revealing that it’s a scam:
- The links do not lead to with a ny.gov URL
- The DMV does NOT request money for traffic tickets, especially with a 48 hour time limit
Overall, make sure to use caution with all emails that you receive, especially if it’s from an unknown user. To learn more about cyber security, or to sign up for a complete security consultation, contact thinkIT today.