Cook County sheriff warns of new phone scam that appears legitimate
COOK COUNTY - The Cook County Sheriff's Office is warning the public about a new phone scam that seems legitimate, but isn't.
According to Sheriff Tom Dart, a caller who identifies themselves as the sheriff's office tells victims they must pay a large fine for missing court, or they'll go to jail.
The name used by the caller is an actual name of a sheriff's office employee, so a Google search of the name may make the call appear to be legitimate.
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The caller tells the victim to pay the fine using an app such as Zelle or Venmo, and warns the victim not to talk about the matter because of a gag order.
"The Sheriff’s Office does not request payments in this manner, nor does the Office accept any payment via money transfer apps," the Cook County Sheriff's Office said in a press release.
Those who believe they may have been a victim of the scam are urged to call the Sheriff's Police Investigation Section at 708-865-4896.