SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTVO) — The Illinois Secretary of State is issuing a warning after residents reported receiving scam text messages from the DMV. Criminals are looking to get their hands on your Social Security Number.

Experts say fraudulent text messages are on the rise because of COVID and it’s important to slow down to avoid oversharing.

“As careful as we have become using email, we must become equally as cautious when we receive a text message,” said Rockford Region’s BBB Office Director Dennis Horton.

Horton and the BBB say ‘smishing’ scams involving text messages have actually been around for years, but they are becoming more problematic now than ever before.

“If you have a cellphone, the chances of your getting a text message are pretty good today,” said Horton. “Let’s blame it on the pandemic. With the growth in all kinds of scams, smishing came along with that.”

Messages will look like they are coming from your bank, credit card companies, or even local government officials.

Recently, Illinois scammers have been trying to get people’s personal information by claiming they are with the Secretary of State’s office.

“The Secretary of State’s Office never requests that information via email or text,” said Beth Kaufman, the spokesperson for the Illinois Secretary of State. “Please beware, if you get one of these texts or emails, delete it, do not respond, do not put…

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