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BEWARE of calls from scammers claiming to be from the IRS
The IRS is warning consumers of phone scams involving aggressive callers who claim to be with the IRS. Click here for more information.
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Warning - Don't be a distracted driver!
Effective January 1, 2014, Illinois drivers are prohibited from using electronic communications devices, including hand-held wireless telephones, hand-held personal digital assistants, and portable computers, to make telephone calls or to send electronic messages while operating a motor vehicle. Drivers are permitted to use an electronic communication device in hands-free or voice-operated mode. The law also allow drivers to use a hand-held electronic communication device to initiate or end a conversation by pressing a single button and in an emergency.
In addition, the new law imposes strict penalties for distracted drivers. The fine for a first offense is $75. Repeat offenders could pay as much as $150 and receive a moving violation on their driving record. A distracted driver who injures or kills someone while using an electronic communication device faces possible criminal penalties. A person commits aggravated use of an electronic communication device if he uses a hand-held electronic communication device while operating a motor vehicle and is involved in a motor vehicle accident that results in great bodily harm, permanent disability, disfigurement, or death to another and the violation was a proximate cause of the injury or death. A driver who harms another person while using an electronic communications device in violation of the law commits a Class A misdemeanor, which could result in fines up to $2,500 and up to a year of jail time. A driver who kills someone while using an electronic communications device in violation of the law commits a Class 4 felony, which results in fines up to $25,000 and up to three years of jail time.
For the complete text of the new law, see here.
The latest email scam starts out with a "NOTICE TO APPEAR". It continues by indicating that the recipient is to appear before "YOUR HEARING THAT WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE COURT OF WASHINGTON". It continues to ask for certain information from the recipient. We suggest you IMMEDIATELY DELETE this email and DO NOT PROVIDE ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION and DO NOT OPEN THE ATTACHMENT, which alleges to be a "COURT NOTICE".