PARK FOREST – State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) is reminding people to look out for text and email scams asking for personal information from someone claiming to be from the Illinois Department of Transportation.
“We have seen an increase in scams throughout the pandemic, and most recently scammers are posing as representatives of IDOT seeking people’s personal information,” Joyce said. “If you’ve received a suspicious text message or email asking for personal information, don’t respond – delete it.”
While the messages might look official, IDOT will not request personal information, such as Social Security numbers or bank information, via text or email.
To protect personal information, take the following precautions:
- Delete unsolicited emails and texts requesting personal information or promising state driver’s licenses or IDs;
- Do not click on any links contained in such emails or texts, as they may place malware on your computer or devices;
- Hang up on any calls, including robocalls that ask you to take immediate action or provide personally identifiable information;
- Ask to use other types of identifiers besides your Social Security number; and
- Keep software up to date, including operating systems and antivirus protection programs on your computer, phone and other devices.
“While the messages might look official, IDOT will not ask for your personal information through text or email,” Joyce said. “The department is working around the clock to keep you safe.”
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