News alert: Beware of driver's license scam

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By Special to the Monitor

New Mexicans are being warned about a criminal enterprise that is using their residential addresses to create false documents and obtain drivers’ licenses for foreign nationals.

The perpetrators are selecting random names and addresses of New Mexico residents from the phone book and using that information to file the “Official Mail Forwarding Change of Address Order Form” with the United States Postal Service. Using the same information, they are also generating false residential documents to obtain drivers’ licenses.  Those driver’s licenses would then be forwarded to out of state addresses.

The unsuspecting homeowners will receive a notice from the Post Office about the request submitted for the mail to be forwarded for unknown individuals.  It is important that homeowners respond to the notice or the request will be honored by the U.S. Post Office and the mail will be forwarded.

“We are working closely with state and federal law enforcement officials, including the U.S. Postal Service, to prevent this crime.” said Rick Homans, Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Taxation & Revenue Department.

Individuals with any other concerns with this issue could either contact their local post office or call our Hotline at 1-866-457-6789.