Identity theft scams have continued to affect Illinois residents and many government departments in the state, the Better Business Bureau alerted the public Tuesday.

Scammers continue to reach consumers by text message, emails and phone calls pretending to help them out with licenses, State ID renewals or filing unemployment benefits.

As a result of the pandemic, many Illinoians have had to wait in long lines to renew their forms of identification. Scammers feed into the unfortunate circumstances and lure people into their scams, officials warned.

“Scammers follow the news and see situations that negatively impact people as an opportunity to take advantage of them,” said Steve Bernas, president and CEO of the BBB for Chicago and Northern Illinois. 

In one of the phishing schemes, the scammers send text messages posing as the Illinois Department of Transportation, the BBB said.

In the message, scammers…

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