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DuPage County Sheriff

James Mendrick

PRESS RELEASE

Contact Information: Domrose #563 - 630.407.2010

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sheriff Warns Residents of Increase in Phone Scams

With a recent increase of different types of phone scams being reported, here are a few that have been seen lately in unincorporated DuPage County and it has prompted Sheriff John Zaruba to warn residents to be on the lookout for scam artists. 

The lottery scam works this way. Someone generally receives a phone call, letter or email, informing him or her that they have just won a large sum of money in a “lottery.” The caller informs the victim they were entered into a lottery without their knowledge and all they have to do to claim their prize is to send a money order or western union, to cover tax liability, to a “lottery representative.” Once the victim pays the fees, which is usually large sum of money, the prize is never received. 

Also Internal Revenue Service tax scam is at a high right now. You receive a phone call from someone who claims to be an Internal Revenue Service representative and tells victim they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. Most times they have your personal information including a social security number which makes it even more believable.   

“I hope that residents will remind their friends and families about these methods being used to victimize citizens, and remind them to never send anyone money, give out their social security number, their bank account or credit card numbers, Sheriff Zaruba said. He continued, “Do not respond in any way to someone who offers you a financial windfall for virtually nothing. Instead, pick up the telephone and dial 911. Also remember the old adage “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”