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DMV's shadow

The state has announced that a bogus Web site is trying to lure in would-be Department of Motor Vehicles users. Aware users would know that you can't renew your license online.

Here's the release on the bogus site:

MONTPELIER – The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles learned today of a bogus website asking motorists to register their vehicles and renew their driver’s license using a credit card. DMV is warning Vermonters not to use this website as it is not legitimate.

The bogus website operates under the guise of both Business.com and vtregistrationrenewals.com. If computer users use the search engine Google and type in Vermont registration renewals or a similar search phrase, the bogus website can be the first link that appears. The Vermont DMV is warning computer users not to visit these websites, and only visit the official Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles website to do their on-line transactions.

“These bogus websites look extremely authentic, inform the user they can save a trip to the DMV and then take the user through a series of screens that appear legitimate,” said Vermont DMV Commissioner Robert Ide. “These bogus websites eventually ask computer users for their credit card information. Please do not give it to them.”

The Department of Motor Vehicles has reported the bogus websites to the Vermont Attorney General’s office, and the State has contacted Google to have the bogus web links removed from its search engine.

The people at Business.com say it isn't them.

The real web site: http://www.dmv.state.vt.us/
- Terri Hallenbeck

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