In Illinois, other versions of the scam have emerged. The latest one — which slammed consumers in late May — was purportedly from the state Department of Motor Vehicles and directed people to visit a sham website to validate details for a “driver license waiver,” which a state official said does not even exist. Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois, got that bogus text at 5:59 p.m. Friday as the Memorial Day weekend kicked off.
‘The tip-off to the rip-off’
“Nobody’s gonna text, email or call you out of the blue and ask you for personal and confidential information such your Social Security number, or driver’s license number,” Bernas says. “And that should be the tip-off to the rip-off.”
Another telltale sign: Illinois has a Department of Driver…