Decatur police investigate identity thefts

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DECATUR - The Decatur Police Department is investigating multiple incidents of identity theft in Macon County, all of which were reported within approximately 24 hours, spanning from July 27 to July 28.

Macon County State's Attorney Jay Scott tells WAND-TV that the Elder Fraud Hotline, a phone line that residents use to report phone scams and identity thefts, received three calls in a 12-hour period of time, with the fourth coming later.  Scott adds that the hotline was originally intended to help elderly residents, but quickly drew a diverse group of callers.

Macon County Sheriff Thomas Schneider says the hotline is becoming more popular, as technology and the internet make identity thefts easier than ever.  Schneider also says residents may be victims of identity theft, but may not realize it until they check their credit reports.

Authorities also warn Macon County residents to be cautious when receiving calls from the IRS, as many individuals willingly give sensitive information to alleged IRS officials out of fear or intimidation.  If you receive any suspicious calls, or you feel that you are about to be the victim of, or are the victim of a scam, to call the Elder Fraud Hotline at (217) 615-7582.

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