In the past two months, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, Vermont and Wyoming were among the states warning residents about the scams.
In Illinois, thousands of people have received texts and emails in which scammers pose as the secretary of state or as officials from the state department of transportation, said David Druker, a spokesperson for the Illinois secretary of state’s office, which issues driver’s licenses.
After learning about the phishing and smishing, Illinois officials alerted the FBI and IRS, which have worked with Google to take down the sham webpages. So far, the agencies have identified 1,035 sites and Google has shut down nearly 900 of them, Druker said.
OCEAN CITY — Andrew Gallagher had…