As you may be aware, REAL IDs are the new government-issued driver’s license or identification card that will be required to board domestic flights and to enter select federal buildings starting May 3, 2023.
Many have already obtained or are in the process of acquiring this ID, which has prompted related fraud. New scams include asking for sensitive information via phone, email, or text, and requiring validation but directing victims to a fake website where they unwittingly submit their personal information to criminals. Stay clear of these scams by following simple security tips below.
- Do not provide your personal information to an unconfirmed party.
- Carefully examine links, and don’t click on them if they direct you to a suspicious or illegitimate website.
- Be wary of misspelled words and typos, especially in the sender’s name or email address.
- Look out for grammatical errors in the messaging.
As a general rule of thumb, a valid government entity will not initiate contact by calling, emailing, or texting you to ask for personal information. When in doubt, contact the government agency directly to verify the authenticity of the message before you take action.
If you feel you have experienced fraud, please call us immediately at (877) 695-2732. For more information on safety tips and scams to avoid, visit lapfcu.org/security.