Police Impersonator - Phone Scam Alert in Macon CountyPosted:
DECATUR - The Macon County Sheriff's Office and the Decatur Police Department are investigating complaints of someone impersonating a police officer in an attempt to scam people out of money.
The Decatur Police Department told WAND News Decatur Police and the Macon County Sheriff's Department started receiving complaints on 4/11/15.
According to police, potential victims were contacted by an individual identifying himself as Deputy James Marshall or Lieutenant Tom Caldwell with the Macon County Sheriff's Office.
The impersonator told the individuals they had missed court or jury duty and a warrant had been issued for their arrest(s).
The impersonator offered to take care of the warrant over the telephone in exchange for money. Most of the phone calls, according to police, came from the phone number (217) 219-0650.
Police are emphasizing the calls are a scam and people who are approached in this manner should not give any of their personal information or send any money.
The Macon County Sheriff's Office says it will never call a person with a warrant and tell them they can take care of it over the phone.
Anyone who has fallen victim to this scam is encouraged to contact the local police or sheriff's department. Anyone who receives this call is advised to simply hang up the phone.