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Leaders in Illinois warn of scam involving REAL ID

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SPRINGFIELD (WREX) — As people in Illinois get ready to acquire a REAL ID, leaders in the state warn of a scam involving the new form of identification.

According to Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul and Secretary of State Jesse White, scammers are sending unsolicited text messages claiming to be from the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). The message urges people to click on the link to update their driver's license or state ID to meet upcoming federal REAL ID requirements.

Raoul says the text is a scam and those who get the message should not click on the link or provide any information. Visiting the website could place malware on the individual's device or trick them into giving sensitive personal information. The IDES will never request personal information via text message and will not contact Illinois residents about updating their driver's license or state IDs.

Starting on Oct. 1, you must have a REAL ID if you are flying from an airport and you don't have a passport. Until then, your driver's license or ID card will still be accepted by security.