Champaign police warning public of caller ID scam

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) - The Champaign Police Department is warning the public of a phone scam making its way through the area.

Police say the scam uses "caller ID spoofing" to change the information displayed on your caller ID.  Instead of an unknown number showing up, the caller is identified as the Champaign Police Department or IRS.

When you answer one of these calls, the scammer says you owe money and will try to get personal information or a payment from you, according to Champaign police.  Police also say this type of scam is particularly effective with older generations, who may not be aware that caller ID information can be faked.

If you receive a call similar to the one described, you are urged to hang up, and to not give out any personal information or money. 

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