It seems that scammers never stop trying to fraudulently obtain our personal information. The latest warning comes from the Illinois Secretary of State’s office and concerns a scam which tries to obtain personal information by claiming to be coming from the “Illinois DMV” and offering a rebate payment due to high gas prices. This is a scam.
The Secretary of State’s office is reminding everyone that it does not request personal information, such as social security numbers, via e-mail or text message. They further warn that clicking on website links within such messages could allow malware to be placed on your device and could even trick the device into revealing any sensitive personal information which might be on it. Anyone receiving such a message should delete it.
If you have been the victim of identity theft, or if you have clicked on a link like the one described in the Secretary of State’s alert, you should contact the Illinois Attorney General’s Identity Theft hotline at 1-866-999-5630.