Local Twist On An Old Scam

Jan 5, 2017
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The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department warns scammers are calling residents. They’re impersonating officials from the Sheriff’s Office or U.S. Attorney’s Office in Rockford.

They are threatening citizens with a warrant for failure to appear before a Grand Jury. People are then given an 800 number to call to transfer money.

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A Chicago-area utility is warning customers about scam artists posing as employees.

Commonwealth Edison said yesterday it has seen an increase in scam reports.

The utility says con artists have been contacting small businesses and other customers by phone and in person. They claim to be ComEd representatives seeking payment.

Sometimes the impostors claim a customer's billing cycle has changed and an immediate payment is required. They have instructed people to buy a prepaid credit card and to call back with a personal identification number.

Scammers Glom Onto ACA

Oct 24, 2013

Illinois officials say full implementation of the Affordable Care Act is attracting potential scams.