Logan County Sheriff and Illinois
Sheriffs’ Association advise public of two telephone scams active in
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[July 09, 2016]
- According to detective Mark Landers of the Logan County Sheriff’s
Department, a large number of Logan County residents are reporting
calls they have received for the Internal Revenue Service as well as
from the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association. Landers says that both of
these types of calls are scams, designed to rob Logan County
residents of their hard earned cash.
Called reputed as being from the IRS, are not. The caller
threatens the recipient, saying that money is needed immediately to
avoid some type of prosecution. The voicemail messages left say the
caller must return the call immediately to stop further action, and
gives a phone number to call.
“These are scams,” says Landers, “and the residents of this county
are warned not to provide these people with any personal or
financial information. Should the IRS need to get in touch with you,
they will send documents through the US postal service.”
Landers also provided copies of the following information issued by
the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association. Again, calls are being reported
that the association is soliciting for funds to purchase
life-protection gear for local officers. Landers said this is not
true, as is also stated in the message below.
The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association is advising all Illinois county
residents that there is currently underway a phone campaign
fraudulently using the name of the Illinois Sheriffs' Association in
their solicitation. The Illinois Sheriffs' Association never
solicits by phone but does conduct a direct mail campaign throughout
the state of Illinois endorsed by the individual Sheriffs across
Telemarketing fraud costs billions of dollars each year. Phone
solicitors who want you to "act immediately" or are offering a "too
good to be true" opportunity are most likely fraudulent. Remember
that if you have any doubts, or are highly pressured - Just Hang Up.
You have the right to ask for the following information:
- The name, address and phone number of the organization for
which they are soliciting.
- The name, address and phone number of the telemarketing
- The percentage of every dollar paid to the telemarketing
- Insist on something in writing prior to making a pledge or
If you cannot get the answers to these questions do not
hesitate to hang up the phone. After all, it is your money.
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Although, there are some legitimate organizations that use
telemarketers for their fundraising efforts the Sheriffs of
Illinois, through the Illinois Sheriffs' Association, are adamantly
opposed to police groups and associations using telemarketers in
their fundraising efforts. Again, the Illinois Sheriffs' Association
never solicits by phone. Should you receive a call from someone
saying they represent your local sheriff or the Illinois Sheriffs'
Association and are asking for donations contact the Sheriff’s
Office immediately or gather as much information as you can from the
caller and report it to the Illinois Sheriffs' Association at
REMEMBER THESE TELEMARKETING TIPS:
- Offers too good to be true
usually are. Ask to receive the “unbelievable deal” or the
“amazing prize offer” in writing so you can read it carefully
before making a commitment.
- Never give out your personal
information over the phone or Internet unless you have initiated
the contact. Legitimate business callers will never ask you for
this information over the phone.
- If a caller asks you to pay
for an offer in advance or asks for your credit card number or
Social Security number, tell the person you don’t give out
personal information over the telephone.
- Remember that legitimate
telemarketers won’t be turned off if you use these techniques.
They will appreciate dealing with an educated consumer. It’s not
rude – it’s shrewd
For more on this and other types of telephonic and computer
scams, please feel free to visit the Illinois Attorney General's
http://www.illinois attorneygeneral.gov -
[Logan County Sheriff Detective Mark
Landers and Illinois Sheriffs' Association]