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DMV warns Californians of phone scam

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The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is warning its customers about a phone scam.

Officials say the caller in this scam pretends to be a DMV employee calling to reschedule an appointment. They ask for personal information, including social security number, date of birth, home address, and driver license number. The DMV says you should never give out such personal information to anyone who contacts you by phone or email.

If you've received a call like this, you can report it to the DMV by calling 1-866-659-5758 or sending an email to dlfraud@dmv.ca.gov. Scams can also be reported on the Federal Trade Commission's website.

The DMV also provides the following tips for anyone who is a victim of identity theft:

1. Notify the three credit bureaus -- Equifax, Experian, and Trans Union -- that you are the victim of identity theft and request a fraud alert or credit freeze.

2. Obtain your free credit report online at www.annualcreditreport.com or by calling 1-877-322-8228 and report any incorrect information.

3. Create an Identity Theft Report by filing a complaint on the Federal Trade Commission's website.

4. File a police report with your local law enforcement agency and get a copy of that report.

5. Review all financial statements such as credit card bills and bank statements and report any false information to your financial institution.

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