ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – In response to the rise of new scams targeting residents, state Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, is asking residents to take a few moments to learn how they can protect themselves from scam artists and fraudsters.
“Even during difficult times, scam artists are always looking for new ways to steal money from the pockets of hardworking individuals,” said Manley. “With recent reports of new scam schemes that steal money and personal information from residents, now is a good time to learn the best practices to keep yourself and your family safe from those looking to scam you.”
According to the Illinois Secretary of State (SOS), two new scams have been reportedly targeting Illinoisans. One of these scams texts residents claiming to be from the SOS asking recipients to click a link. The other scam involves websites claiming to offer online license plate sticker renewals, but will charge residents an extra fee in addition to the sticker fee. In response, the SOS is encouraging residents to protect themselves by only use the official SOS website, cyberdriveillinois.com, to renew their stickers online and to not give out information such as Social Security numbers or bank account information to unsolicited texts or calls.
Since entering the General Assembly, Manley has worked to increase awareness about scams and help protect residents. In the past, she has held events helping teach residents how to keep themselves safe, including a Consumer Fraud and Identity Theft Roundtable with the Illinois Attorney General’s office.
“It is disgusting that there are those out there who prey on others to make a quick buck,” said Manley. “I will continue to raise awareness as new scams present themselves and work with the community to figure out the best ways to keep everyone safe.”
Residents with additional questions or concerns about scams or fraud should contact the Illinois Attorney General’s Consumer Fraud Hotline at 800-386-5438.