SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Police is warning the public of a telephone scam currently circulating in Illinois.

ISP posted on Facebook a photo of the text message the scammer is sending.

Photo credit: Illinois State Police Facebook

The message is not from the Illinois Department of Transportation. If you get this message, do not respond.

ISP says you should consider the following:

  1. Do not respond to a text message or send money to a number you do not know. Scammers can be very aggressive in their techniques. One of their most commonly used techniques is to create a sense of urgency and fear in their potential victims in order to gain their personal information.
  2. The area code in the scammers text message is 263 for Montreal, Canada, not Illinois.
  3. The spelling used in the scammer’s text is incorrect. Illinois Tollway is not spelled “Illinois Toll way.”
  4. The link in the scammers text message for the Illinois Tollway is also incorrect. To be sure of this, you can do a quick Google search for the Illinois Tollway and see that the correct URL to the website is https://www.illinoistollway.com.