Cyber Crime Tip Line brings in more scam related warnings


Springfield - A cyber crime tip line is still going strong for the Sangamon County Sheriff's Office.


Here is a list of the recent calls made to the tip line:


On Thursday (February 13th 2014) at 1:50 p.m., a caller had received a phone call from a company claiming to be Publisher's Clearing House. The message said the caller will need to have $500.00 prepared to claim the winnings.


On Sunday (February 16th 2014) at 8:47 a.m., a caller had received an e-mail from the country of Botswana.  According to the e-mail, David Matlho stated he is an accountant for Robert Wheeler, a relation of the caller.  Robert Wheeler had died during a diamond mine accident.  Robert Wheeler had no ‘Will', and Wheeler's estate is valued at 1.3 million dollars. The e-mail asked to caller to send her e-mail and phone number to claim the estate. The caller sent an e-mail to David Matlho, but never heard a response.


On Monday (February 18th 2014) at 10:16 a.m., a caller had received an e-mail from Benny LaBran at ‘  The e-mail sated LaBran was willing to make a donation to a needy family in the area.  The e-mail asked the caller to take possession of the money so it could be distributed. 


On Monday (February 18th 2014) at 1:09 p.m., a caller had received a telephone call from Peoria Illinois, 309-495-9027.  The call claimed to be representing Mass Mutual Company, asking for personal information to assist in financial matters.


On Monday (February 18th 2014) at 1:39 p.m., a caller had received a telephone call from Detroit Michigan.  The message stated the caller was going to be served with a summons regarding charges of fraud. The phone call originated from 313-347-8644. 


On Monday (February 18th 2014) at 5:19 p.m., a caller had received a telephone call from 259-0285, originating from Mattoon Illinois.  According to the caller, 2 individuals on the phone identified themselves as Lieutenant Robinson, and Captain Battles with the Springfield Police Department.  These individuals stated there was an arrest warrant issued by Judge Graves for the caller's arrest.  The individuals stated the caller should go to Walgreens or CVS and purchase 2 "purchase money pack reload cards".  These cards are green & white in color.  The caller was asked to purchase cards in the amount of $362.72, and $324.35.  After making the purchase, the caller was to give the PIN number for both cards to Lt. Robinson and Capt. Battles to take care of the arrest warrant.  The caller has notified the Springfield Police Department of the telephone call from these individuals.    


To report a tip call 217-753-6686.

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