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SHERIFF WARNS OF PHONE SCAM

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart is warning of a phone scam in which a caller claims to be a member of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.

In this scam, the unknown offenders use a spoofing application to make it appear on Caller ID that the phone call is coming from a Sheriff’s Office number. The caller identifies as a Cook County Sheriff’s officer and tells the victim that they are being investigated for fraud by the IRS. The caller tells the victim to call an IRS agent at a particular number.

This is a scam. The Sheriff’s Office is not working with the IRS on any cases.

Sheriff Dart offers the following tips to avoid becoming a phone scam victim:

Sheriff Dart asks anyone who may believe they are victim of this scam, or may have information about the perpetrators, to call Sheriff’s Police at 708-865-4896.

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