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McHenry County Sheriff's Office warns of new telephone scam

Published: Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 1:02 a.m. CST • Updated: Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 1:04 a.m. CST

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office is alerting people of a new telephone scam being used against McHenry County residents to try and obtain their personal information.

According to the sheriff’s office, a resident recently received a call that originated from the number 815-338-2144, according to caller ID, and the caller claimed to be a civil process server with the sheriff’s office. The caller then asked the homeowner if he or she would be home at a certain time to be issued a subpoena.

The resident, who hung up without providing any information, reported to the sheriff’s office that the caller had a Middle Eastern accent and that there was a lot of background noise on the call.

The 815-338-2144 nonemergency number is associated with the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, and with new technology, scammers can manipulate systems so they can program the number they want to appear on caller ID, according to the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff’s office process servers are not in the practice of calling people to ask for personal information.

“We encourage the public to not provide any personal information via telephone,” Sheriff Bill Prim said. “If you do receive such a call, we suggest you immediately hang up and notify your local police department to report the incident.”

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