ILLINOIS (WEEK) — The Illinois Secretary of State’s Office is warning residents statewide of a new scam.
Scammers are apparently sending texts and emails to people claiming to be from the Illinois SOS Office and seeking personal information to defraud residents.
One scam text reads, “DMV Notice: Christa, you have pending renewal fees. Please contact to us [web link].”
Another says, “OFFICE OF THE ILLINOIS SECRETARY OF STATE: IL – DMV Contact information seems to be missing on incorrect. Please update now, visit at [web link].”
In some cases, the scammers use the Secretary of State website logos to look official.
However, Secretary of State Jesse White says these are scams, and his office will never request personal information, like a social security number, via text or email.
“I have zero tolerance for fraudsters who prey on people in desperate times,” White said in a statement Wednesday, “My office is working with the Illinois Attorney General’s office to protect Illinoisans from falling victim to these fraudulent schemes.”
White says anyone who gets such a scam text or email should delete it immediately without opening the link.
If you have questions about text message scams or identity theft, call the Illinois Attorney General’s Consumer Fraud Hotline:
Springfield: (800) 243-0618
Carbondale: (800) 243-0607
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