PRESS RELEASE - TELEPHONE SCAM ALERT
DATE: October 28, 2014
Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott and Macon County Sheriff Thomas Schneider announced today the resurgence of a common telephone scam that is targeting Macon County residents. The scammers claim to be from Publisher’s Clearing House, notify the victims that they have won a large sum of money, and state that they will arrive at the victims’ home within the hour to present them with a check. The victims are advised that all they have to do to receive this large sum of money is to pay a processing fee, or a tax, upfront. Victims are directed to go immediately to a nearby store to purchase a prepaid debit card in the amount of several hundred dollars, and to call the scammers back to provide them the debit card number and code. Once the scammers have the number and code the money is theirs, and the scam is completed.
Residents are advised to hang up if one of these calls is received, and to remember that any communication requesting money in order to receive a prize is a scam. If you suspect a scam is about to be or has been committed, please call the Elder Fraud Hotline at 217-615-7582. All calls are answered by State’s Attorney Jay Scott or Sheriff Thomas Schneider.
Macon County State’s Attorney