Jo Daviess Sheriff Warns of New Phone Scam

JO DAVIESS COUNTY - (WIFR) The Jo Daviess County Sheriff is warning local residents of a new phone scam, from someone claiming to represent the Illinois Sheriffs' Association. According to the sheriff, that organization uses mailings, not phone calls, for fundraising and information-sharing.

If you suspect you've been contacted by this scammer or someone claiming to represent the local sheriff, you can contact your local sheriff or gather as much information as you can from the caller and report it to the Illinois Sheriffs' Association at 1-800-840-2776.

If you suspect you're talking to a phone scammer, you have the right to ask for contact information for the organization soliticing, contact information for the telemarketing firm, the percentage of every dollar paid to the telemarketing firm and a written version of the organization's pledge. If in doubt, it's OK to hang up.

Here are some other helpful 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.

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