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Illinois Secretary of State's office warns against text 'phishing' scams

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SPRINGFIELD — Text messages and emails from groups posing as the Illinois Secretary of State asking for personal information are scams and should be deleted.

The scams have been around for several months, but a new round of texts and emails has been going out recently.

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One of the messages warns motorists' driver's licenses be revoked if people don't click on a link to a website. Messages also contain vague references to "problems with your information."

The texts ask for a person's Social Security number.

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"My office is working with the Illinois attorney general's office to protect Illinoisans from falling victim to these fraudulent schemes," said secretary of state Jesse White in a press release. "In addition, we have notified the Federal Trade Commission and the FBI."

Visiting a website in the text message could place malware on the recipients' devices or trick them into disclosing sensitive personal information.

White cautioned that his office never requests personal information, like a Social Security number, via text message.

"Delete the text," said White. "Do not click on it and do not provide any of your personal information."

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