TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles says fraudsters are using the department's name and email address to send fake emails. This type of spam is known as phishing.
The agency says the emails look like receipts from online transactions with the department, including confirmation and tracking numbers. The numbers are not DHSMV tracking numbers, and the email addresses of the recipients did not come from DHSMV's database.
One way to tell the email is fake is that it comes from two senders: DoNotReply@flhsmv.gov
and another address that varies and may look like a personal email address. All department email addresses contain @flhsmv.gov as the domain, and DHSMV does not send transactional receipts from personal email addresses.
If you receive one of these emails and did not make a recent transaction, delete the message. If you have already opened the message, do not click any of the links within it. The emails are not from DHSMV, and the links embedded within take recipients to non-DHSMV websites that may contain malware.