SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — The Illinois State Police took to its social media accounts on Tuesday to warn people of scammers impersonating State Police representatives.

Officials said the scammers are using a common technique called “spoofing” to disguise their phone number and make it look like another of their choosing. They usually make the caller ID look like a government agency that works with personal information, such as the Illinois State Police.

In their warning, officials reminded people that the Illinois State Police will never call to solicit money from the public and no legitimate representative will ever ask for personal information over the phone. Trooper Haylie Polistina with Illinois State Police said you should never give personal information out on the phone.

“They’re asking you for your name, date of birth or social security number. Police departments will not ask you for this information over the phone,” she said. “If you are confused, you think it’s your bank, or a reputable place, hang up and say ‘I’ll call you back,’ look up the actual number and then call that person and talk to them directly.”

She also said if you see a number you don’t know, let it go to voicemail. Polistina added that you can also report the call to the police, the identity theft hotline, or the Federal Trade Commission.