Local police are urging residents to be cautious after multiple reports of a phone scam that operates through text messages.
Targets of the scam get a message that claims to be from a local bank, claiming their credit or debit card has been deactivated and instructing the recipient to call a number in the 217 area code. The Sangamon County Sheriff's Office says the message is a scam, aimed at extracting card numbers or other personal information from victims.
If you receive such a message, police say you should not call the number on the message. Instead, call your financial institution or local law enforcement.