Released Date 7/9/15

Macon County State's Attorney Jay Scott and Macon County Sheriff Thomas Schneider announced today that Macon County residents are being targeted by an elaborate variation of a common telephone scam. The calls are disguised, or "spoofed," to show on Caller ID that they are coming from the Macon County Sheriff s Office. The callers, who represent themselves as deputies, advise the victims that they missed jury duty and are in imminent danger of arrest. The callers tell the victims that the only way to avoid arrest and a criminal conviction is to immediately pay a substantial amount of money, and direct the victims to obtain a prepaid debit card and to then provide the card numbers over the phone as the only possible means of payment.

This scam is further enhanced by the return telephone number provided to the victims. When this phone number, which has a 217 area code, is called, the voicemail greeting falsely represents it to be the Macon County Sheriff s Office, and provides a very realistic sounding portrayal of an actual law enforcement agency.

Residents are advised to hang up if one of these calls is received, and to ignore any such messages on their answering machi nes. These calls are not coming from the Macon County Sheriff s Office and are a scam.

If you suspect a scam is about to be or has been committed, please call the Elder Fraud Hotline at 217-615-7582. All calls are answered by State's Attorney Jay Scott or Sheriff Thomas Schneider. To learn more about scams visit the State's Attorney's website at

Jay Scott
Macon County State's Attorney