July 28, 2021

Experts warn that scammers are using text messages to impersonate government agencies

Peoria, Illinois (WMBD) — A scammer after pretending that your personal information comes from an Illinois government agency such as the Secretary of State or the Employment Security Agency.

WMBD received multiple calls from viewers who were wary of an increase in fake text.

Peoria’s Better Business Bureau received 943 government fraud complaints this year.

“It may seem nominal at the time, but” Oh, they just ask me to confirm my driver’s license number. This is the Secretary of State, that’s fine. ” No, that doesn’t matter, “said Jessica Tharp, President and CEO of Peoria’s Better Business Bureau.

Amy Sinal, Victim Services Coordinator at the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office, said the scammers abused the increased unemployment allowance from the pandemic.

“Currently, unfortunately they are snooping on what’s happening in today’s world. Unfortunately,…

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