MACON COUNTY - Macon County State's Attorney Jay Scott and Sheriff Thomas Schneider are informing the public of a new telephone scam targeting central Illinois residents.
In this new scam, callers will claim to be federal government employees, and will tell victims that they have been selected to receive thousands of dollars of federal grant money. However, in order to receive the money, the victim must purchase a prepaid debit card, usually for a few hundred dollars, and call the scammers back to provide them the debit card number and security code.
Authorities also say that some of the calls have been disguised to show up on caller ID as being placed from Washington, D.C. This lends credibility to the scam, as authorities say some of the calls are coming from outside the United States.
If you receive one of these calls, you are advised to hang up. If you suspect a scam is about to be or has been committed, you are asked to call the Elder Fraud Hotline at (217) 615-7582. All calls received are answered by Macon County Sheriff Thomas Schneider or Macon County State's Attorney Jay Scott.