Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart issued a warning about a phone scam in which the caller claims to be a member of the Cook County sheriff’s office and demands personal information and, in some cases, money that are supposedly related to an arrest warrant.
In this scam, a “spoofing app” is used to make it appear on caller ID that the call is coming from the sheriff’s office. However, Dart said, the sheriff’s office does not make such notifications by phone nor does the office ask for payment over the phone.
Dart offered the following tips to prevent becoming a phone scam victim:
•If you believe the call is suspicious, hang up.
•Never give personal information, such as Social Security or bank account numbers, over the phone.
•Legitimate police employees do not ask that payments be made via pre-paid debit cards.
•If the caller claims to be from a specific agency, hang up and call that agency to determine if there is a legitimate reason for contacting you. Do not use the phone number the caller gives you.
Dart said that Cook County residents who believe they are victim of this scam should call their local police department and financial institutions as soon as possible.
Cook County sheriff’s police can be reached at (708) 865-4896.