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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 30, 2019
Press Release: 19-0037
Contact: Meadow Bailey, (907) 451-2240, meadow.bailey@alaska.gov

State Security Office Warns of Fraudulent Text Messages
Targeting AMHS Passengers
Passengers are advised that AMHS will never ask for credit card numbers.

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) was notified of a report of fraudulent text message targeting AMHS passengers impacted by the ongoing Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific strike.

The State Security Office alerted AMHS to fraudulent text messages targeting AMHS customers waiting for a refund due to canceled sailings. These text messages instruct recipients to call a phone number. After dialing the phone number, recipients are then asked to provide a credit card number over the phone.

These text messages are fraudulent and should be ignored or deleted. If you receive reports of AMHS customers or anyone else receiving these text messages please report them to the State Security Office.

Incidents can be reported by emailing infosec@alaska.gov or dialing 907-269-5000.

AMHS staff will never ask for credit card numbers when processing a refund. All refunds are automatically returned to the credit card used to purchase the fare.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 239 airports, 10 ferries serving 35 communities, more than 5,600 miles of highway and 776 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to “Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”

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