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Beware: Scammers claim to be with Illinois State Police

Illinois State Police are warning the public of a phone scam that is circulating throughout the state.

According to state police spokesman Calvin Dye Jr., an individual will call and claim to be associated with the “Illinois Police” and will ask for a donation or advise the recipient of the call that there is a warrant out for their arrest and they need to send money to settle the case.

Many of the calls have come from the number 618-855-0185. But Dye said phone scammers have the ability to quickly change the phone number that is displayed on caller ID. So residents should be wary of similar calls from different telephone numbers.

“Citizens should be wary of calls soliciting money regardless of what number is displayed, particularly if threats are made by the caller or they become pushy,” Dye said. “The ISP will never call to solicit money on behalf of the Department or ask you to send money to us for any reason.”

Dye said anyone who has been contacted by the scammers should call 800-243-0618 and report it to the Office of the Illinois Attorney General.

For information on the different types of phone scams visit the Illinois Attorney General website http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/phonescams.html or the Federal Trade Commission at:

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts

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