COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is alerting Ohio businesses about a phishing email that started today and warning recipients not to click a link in the e-mail alleging to be from the Ohio Secretary of State’s office. The e-mail is not from the Ohio Secretary of State.
The e-mail appears to tell recipients that they must click a link to “validate” their profile so they don’t experience any delays in service. The clicked link then asks detailed information to be submitted, including the individual’s social security number.
Secretary LaRose became aware of the e-mails on Monday afternoon.
“It’s so important for Ohioans to be good caretakers of their personal information,” said LaRose. “Scammers are always working to find new ways to make a buck. Don’t give them the upper hand -- verify the source of e-mails before sharing your personal data.”
Anyone who has received this e-mail should immediately delete it. If you clicked on the link, it’s recommended that you swiftly inform your company’s Information Technology office.
The Secretary of State’s business services division can be reached at [email protected] or 877-767-3453 (877-SOS-FILE). While the Secretary of State’s office does occasionally communicate with registered businesses in Ohio, they will never send an email with a link requesting personal information such as social security numbers.