By Brad Benfield
An Alabama man recently contacted us here at the Department of Licensing for clarification on an email that appeared to be from DOL Director Liz Luce requesting that he fill out several forms to claim a lottery prize. The email was, of course, completely bogus. Please be on the lookout for this or similar scams.
At a glance, the correspondence looks almost official. It has a DOL logo and text swiped from our website. It also appears to have been bundled with actual Washington state forms.
DOL doesn’t ask customers to send personal information via email. You should be suspicious of any email or phone call from an organization asking you for information that they already should have. And, of course, you should be extremely wary of anyone telling you that you’ve won a lottery or contest you didn’t enter or trying to give you money you didn’t earn.
Key things to remember:
- If it looks or sounds too good to be true, it probably is
- Protect your Social Security number
- Be on guard while using the Internet and use complex passwords
- Verify sources and addresses before sharing information
- Treat mail and trash carefully