Several individuals have reported to the ISP that they have
received automated messages advising them they are under criminal
investigation and requesting they send $600. The voice in the
automated message appears to be a male with a foreign accent.
The phone number associated with the calls has been faked to appear
as a legitimate ISP telephone number of (847) 608-3200, in a
practice known as “caller ID spoofing.” The ISP wants to inform the
public these calls are not coming from the ISP. Citizens should be
wary of calls soliciting money regardless of the phone number the
call is made from, particularly if threats are made by the caller or
they become pushy.
The ISP will never call to solicit money on behalf of the Department
or ask you to send money for any reason. The ISP encourages those
that believe they have been the victim of this phone scam to call
the ISP at (847)294-4400 to file a report.
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For information on different types of phone scams and indicators of phone scams
please visit the Illinois Attorney General website or the Federal Trade
[Illinois State Police]