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QUINCY, IL. (WGEM) - The Quincy BBB is warning residents to watch out for a text message with a link from IDOT or the Secretary of State asking you to click it and fill out information.

Don O’Brien with the Quincy BBB said he understands why it can be easy for people to fall for this scam.

“It looked real. It was is what the website was. Well, it was bogus because anything from the government is going to be a dot gov address or something along those lines either for Illinois or Missouri. But I went ahead and put that in a URL and it was a very concerning google form that showed up," O'Brien said.

O'Brien said if a state agency is trying to get ahold of you, it will most likely come through the US postal service.

Quincy resident John Groves got the text message recently.

He was eating dinner when he got the text saying it was from the Secretary of State looking for information.

When he saw the link and read it twice on the phone, he knew it was fake, but he wanted to spread the word to other people and organizations because he doesn't want anyone to become the victim of this recent scam.

“On closer examination, we discovered that the syntax, the sentence structure was very poor, which was a dead giveaway that this was not from the secretary of states office. Later I contacted the department of motor vehicles here in Quincy and they said the only way the secretary of states office would contact someone is through the mail," Groves said.

Quincy Better Business Bureau officials said these scams have been common in our area.

They said if you get this message, do not click the link and report the message to the BBB.

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