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.