FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 5, 2013

State’s Attor­ney Alerts Pub­lic Regard­ing Scam Tar­get­ing Seniors

Union Coun­ty State’s Attor­ney Tyler R. Edmonds is alert­ing the pub­lic regard­ing an ongo­ing scam which has been tar­get­ing seniors in Union Coun­ty.  Indi­vid­u­als claim­ing affil­i­a­tion with a home med­ical alert ser­vice have placed unso­licit­ed tele­phone calls to Union Coun­ty seniors.  The scam­mers claim that some­one has paid for a home med­ical alert ser­vice and the senior need only pay for ship­ping.  The scam­mer then asks for cred­it card or bank­ing account infor­ma­tion.  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.

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 Illi­nois Attor­ney General’s Office at 618–529-6400.  Infor­ma­tion on pro­tect­ing your iden­ti­ty is also avail­able from the Fed­er­al Trade Com­mis­sion at www.consumer.ftc.gov