FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 1, 2014

State’s Attor­ney Alerts Pub­lic Regard­ing Scam Tar­get­ing Union Coun­ty Residence

Union Coun­ty State’s Attor­ney Tyler R. Edmonds is alert­ing the pub­lic regard­ing an ongo­ing scam which has been tar­get­ing cit­i­zens in Union Coun­ty.  An indi­vid­ual named Justin Cobb claim­ing affil­i­a­tion with the “Union Coun­ty Dis­trict Attorney’s Office” has placed unso­licit­ed tele­phone calls to Union Coun­ty cit­i­zens.  The scam­mer is claim­ing that the cit­i­zen being called owes a spec­i­fied amount of mon­ey for fail­ure to appear for jury duty.  The scam­mer then asks for the cit­i­zen to wire mon­ey or obtain a mon­ey card and send pay­ment to sat­is­fy the alleged fine.  The Union Coun­ty State’s Attorney’s Office urges the pub­lic to guard against iden­ti­ty theft – do not dis­close sen­si­tive finan­cial or iden­ti­fi­ca­tion infor­ma­tion over the tele­phone unless you placed the call or you are sure of the com­pa­ny or indi­vid­ual you are speak­ing with.  The Union Coun­ty State’s Attorney’s Office and oth­er Union Coun­ty offices do not require sen­si­tive infor­ma­tion to be pro­vid­ed over the phone.  Sim­i­lar scams have been report­ed through­out Illi­nois and oth­er jurisdictions.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic with ques­tions or report­ing sus­pi­cious activ­i­ty may call the Union Coun­ty State’s Attorney’s Office at 618–833-7216 or the Union Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office at 618–833-5500.  Infor­ma­tion on pro­tect­ing your iden­ti­ty is also avail­able from the Fed­er­al Trade Com­mis­sion at www.consumer.ftc.gov and from the Illi­nois Attor­ney Gen­er­al at http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/hotline.html or 1–866-999‑5630.