CHICAGO, Ill. – State Rep. Fran Hurley, D-Chicago, is warning residents of potential scams targeted at Illinoisans to receive personal information.
“It is unfortunate to see cases of fraud and scams targeting our neighbors and residents of Illinois,” said Hurley. “Now is a good time for everyone to learn more and be aware about different scams happening throughout the state and also how to protect yourself from becoming a victim.”
Two different scams have recently surfaced in Illinois. One scam are fraudulent text messages claiming to be from the Secretary of State and asking people to review their personal information. Each text contains a link to “uipendingcases.org”. The Secretary of State’s Office is warning against these texts and asking people to delete them. The Secretary of State’s Office will never ask for personal information through text messages. The second scam is a website called “IllinoisCarReg.com” that is trying to sell unauthorized license plate stickers. The website will ask a person for personal information, before charging a $39.99 fee in addition to the sticker fee. The Secretary of State’s office is also warning against this scam, asking residents to visit “cyberdriveillinois.com” for any license plate sticker needs.
“I highly encourage any resident who thinks they have fallen prey to a scam or identity theft to immediately reach out to the Illinois Attorney General’s Office” said Hurley. “Getting the word out is an important step in ending these scams, but I also stay committed to pursuing legislation that will hold con-artists accountable when they target residents to financially exploit them.”
Individuals who feel they have been defrauded by this scheme are encouraged to contact their credit card company to dispute the extra fee charge. If you have questions about text message scams or identity theft, call the Illinois Attorney General’s Consumer Fraud Hotline at 800-386-5438 (Chicago), 800-243-0618 (Springfield) or 800-243-0607 (Carbondale).