The text popped into the iPhone at 10:54 a.m. Tuesday with a direct warning, supposedly from the Illinois secretary of state.
“You are required to update your driver’s license,” the message said.
The message, sent to a Chicago Tribune reporter, was fake, part of a prolific and fast-growing text scam that Secretary of State Jesse White’s office said is the most egregious online attack on drivers license holders it has seen.
The phony texts are even landing in phones of secretary of state employees, their families and employees with the FBI.
“It’s pretty outrageous,” said David Druker, White’s spokesman.
The scam is called “SMS phishing” or “smishing” and it is not only showing up with fake messages from the secretary of state, but it is also appearing with phony messages purporting to be from the Illinois Department of Transportation, according to Annie Thompson, a spokeswoman for Illinois Attorney General Kwame…