Kankakee warns of phone scam using fake 'deputies'
Any Kankakee County resident who receives a call from someone purporting to be a deputy sheriff should be wary, especially if the caller asks for money, the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office is warning on its Facebook page.
Sheriff Mike Downey posted that his office has received reports of callers posing as deputies and telling area residents that they face outstanding warrants for their arrests, missed a grand jury appearance and now must pay $2,500 or face imprisonment.
Downey posted that no one from his office would ever ask for money over the phone and reminded Kankakee residents that the office does not even have authority to issue or rescind arrest warrants.
Downey posted that residents should never send money to those they don’t know and always verify the identity of police personnel if they are suspicious. Residents may call KanComm at 815-933-3324 and ask to speak with a specific officer or the shift commander. To report information related to the scam, residents may call CrimeStoppers at 815-93-CRIME (815-932-7463).
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