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Crime & Courts

Sheriff's office again warns of phone scam

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office is warning residents for the third time this year of a phone scam that includes people pretending to be from the sheriff's office seeking money.

The caller appears on caller I.D. as an actual sheriff's administration line, 815-895-7260. The caller pretends to be a deputy seeking an urgent call back or money or payment for missing jury duty, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

If no one answers the call, the scammer will leave a call back number not associated with the sheriff's office, the release said, and will answer the number if called.

According to the release, the sheriff's office received at least three reports from residents claiming to have encountered the phone scam Friday. Investigators are following up on the reports, the release states.

The sheriff's office is reminding residents that it will never call anyone soliciting money or fees for missed jury duty or other situations, and all calls of that nature should be considered fraudulent.

If anyone has encountered the scam or situations like it, they are urged to call the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office at 815-895-2155.

The release also included tips on how to recognize a phone scam: Never give into high pressure phone tactics; insist on having information regarding solicitation of money over the phone mailed to your address for review; do not give out personal or financial information on the phone; do not agree to meet anywhere to transfer money.

People are urged to hang up the phone if a scammer is uncooperative or intimidating.

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