Lake County sheriff's office warns residents about phone scam

CHICAGO (STMW) - The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a phone scam where callers claim to work for the sheriff’s office or the IRS.

The calls are coming in as phone numbers used by the sheriff’s office, which make them appear to be legitimate but they are not, according to a statement from the Lake County sheriff’s office.

The caller states that they are calling regarding a complaint that was filed against whoever answered the phone. The caller then gives the name of an investigating officer and tells the person to call a number to reach that officer, according to the statement.

In other cases, the caller states they are from the IRS and are working with the sheriff’s office. The caller tells whoever answered that they owe back-taxes and “must pay a specific dollar amount” or an arrest warrant will be issued, according to the statement.

The sheriff’s office does not obtain arrest warrants for the IRS. When the sheriff’s office is requested to make a notification for an outside agency, a deputy will come to the person’s home, according to the statement.

When a sheriff’s office member does call a resident, he or she will give the resident their name and a valid phone number, according to the statement.

Residents are reminded to never give personal information or make payments over the phone, unless they have confirmed who they are speaking with. If there is uncertainty about a caller’s identity, resident should ask for their name and number then verify the identity before calling back.

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