What you need to know about the latest phishing scam targeting TDLR licensees

HOUSTON – The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation has issued a warning about a phishing scam targeting people with TDLR accounts.

According to the agency, licensees have been getting emails asking them to validate their profile information by clicking on a link that is not associated with the TDLR.

Here is what the TDLR says you should watch for:

  • Emails that appear to be from the TDLR, but have a return address that does not belong to the agency.
  • Any email that says licensees are required to validate their information no later than Dec. 24 or their next renewal could be delayed.
  • Emails asking you to click on a link and then require you to enter personal information to “validate” it.

This is how the TDLR says you can protect yourself:

  • Never disclose your password to anyone, even a customer service representative from TDLR.
  • If you are providing personal information to a state agency – or any company – make sure the site is encrypted before providing any personal information. Look for a key or lock on your screen. However, do not assume this is safe, be sure you are connected to Texas.gov.
  • Use unique passwords when setting up an account. Don’t re-use passwords and avoid using your date of birth, Social Security number, or simple words as a password. Use a password manager to assist in creating and tracking secure passwords.
  • Avoid sending personal information via email unless the security method used is specifically outlined and the data is encrypted.
  • Use a secure browser.

About the Author:

Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli has been a digital news editor at KPRC 2 since 2018. She is a published poet and has background in creative writing and journalism. Daniela has covered events like Hurricane Harvey and the Astros World Series win. In her spare time, Daniela is an avid reader and loves to spend time with her two miniature dachshunds.