Dept. of Licensing warns of REAL ID scam aiming to get victim’s personal information

Phone Scam

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington State Department of Licensing is warning of a scam in several states aiming to get people’s personal information related to REAL ID.

The DOL says they never send text messages or emails or calls like this.

Victims report being told their REAL ID information needs to be updated—related to the licensing law, which the deadline to get compliant IDs was recently postponed to 2023 due to the pandemic. They are then directed to a fraudulent website that looks like their state’s licensing agency, such as the Washington DOL, and are prompted to enter personal information.

In some instances, victims say they are redirected to an official DOL page afterwards, giving the appearance of a legitimate government operation.

DOL urges you to delete any messages you suspect are scams, and do not click links on unsolicited emails or messages. Lastly, report the scam to the FTC or forward fraudulent text messages to SPAM (7726).