Scammers are impersonating government agencies using text messages, experts warn

 Scammers are impersonating government agencies using text messages, experts warn

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Scammers after your personal information have been pretending to be from Illinois government agencies like the Secretary of State and Department of Employment Security.

WMBD received multiple calls from viewers alarmed about the increase in phony texts.

The Better Business Bureau in Peoria has received 943 government impostor scam complaints this year.

“It might seem nominal at the time, ‘oh they are just asking me to confirm my driver’s license number, this is the Secretary of State, that’s fine.’ No, it’s not fine,” said Jessica Tharp, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau in Peoria.

Aimee Shinall, the victim services coordinator at Peoria County Sheriff’s Office, said scammers exploited the rise in unemployment claims from the pandemic.

“Right now unfortunately they pry on what’s going in the world today, and unfortunately we do have a higher number of…

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