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Press Release- Arrest Warrant Phone Scam

3/1/2017 12:00:00 AM

The McHenry County Sheriff's Office has taken several reports over the past few weeks from residents saying they received telephone calls informing them of the existence of arrest warrants against them.

  The caller identifies himself as a police officer from the Sheriff's department and informs the person that a warrant was issued for one or several different reasons, for instance, failing to appear for jury duty.  The resident is then directed to another phone number in order to arrange for payment. 

  The Sheriff's Office is reminding residents that the MCSO DOES NOT conduct such business over the telephone nor do we collect money over the phone.  We do not call to inform any individual that he or she has a pending arrest warrant.  Residents who are unsure if they currently have an active warrant for their arrest can visit their local police department or Sheriff's Office for verification.

  If you receive such a phone call, do not give the caller any of your personal or financial information.  You may make a report to the Sheriff's Office by calling (815) 338-2144.

   

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