Missouri warns scammers from Europe sending fake text messages

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A new text requesting your COVID-19 vaccine information may seem legitimate, but Missouri leaders say it’s an elaborate scam aimed at stealing Americans’ identities.

The state says scammers from Europe are sending messages to people in Missouri, like the one below.

Source: Missouri DHSS

Text to the person receiving it to authenticate the one-time COVID-19 Vaccine verification. To do that, the text says you need to visit a website, enter your name, date of birth, and social security number. It then asks you to upload a picture of your driver’s license.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said it was all a hoax. The creators of this page have even gone so far as to create a fake website that is illegally using the logos of the Missouri Department of Revenue and Department of Health and Advanced Services. This page is like this one.

Source: Missouri DHSS

The state has reported the site, but it may still be active. It is also said that the texts come from 1-704-525-9772, but that is always subject to change.

If you have submitted information through this website, the Department of Health and Senior Services recommends that you do the following:

  • Contact your financial institutions to notify them of a privacy breach
  • Contact the Social Security Administration to report a leaked SSN
  • Contact credit reporting services to let them know your information has been disclosed

To protect your information, Missouri says it will never ask for your social security number in an email or text message. You can also identify scams like these by knowing that the state only provides verification of immunizations and records upon request, it does not require residents to provide them.

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JACLYN DIAZ

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