Police Warn of Illinois Secretary of State Scams

Buffalo Grove Police are reminding residents to be aware of recent text and email scams claiming to be from the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office.   Scammers are sending unsolicited messages claiming individuals have outstanding renewal fees or missing contact information, with a link attached for further details.  

Area residents should not click on any links attached or share any information; police advise individuals to delete the text or email immediately. Police are encouraging individuals to take the following steps to protect their personal information: 

  • Delete emails and texts that promise or offer access to driver’s licenses or state ID cards, and do not click on any links contained in such emails or text messages, as they may place malware on your devices. 
  • Hang up on any calls, including robocalls, which ask individuals to take immediate action or provide personally identifiable information, such as your Social Security number or bank account number. 
  • Ask to use other types of identifiers besides your Social Security number if such requests are made. 
  • Keep computer software up to date, including phone and computer operating systems and antivirus protection programs. Most phones, computers and antivirus software can be set to update automatically when new software versions are released. 

As a reminder, the Secretary of State’s office will not ever request personal information via text message or email.