FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sep­tem­ber 29, 2014

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

Union Coun­ty State’s Attor­ney Tyler R. Edmonds is alert­ing the pub­lic regard­ing an ongo­ing scam which has been tar­get­ing local res­i­dents in Union Coun­ty.  An indi­vid­ual claim­ing affil­i­a­tion with “Ameren” has placed unso­licit­ed tele­phone calls to Union Coun­ty indi­vid­u­als.  The scam­mer is claim­ing that the res­i­dent being called owes a spec­i­fied amount of mon­ey for unpaid elec­tric bills.  The scam­mer then tells the res­i­dent to pay by cred­it card over the phone to sat­is­fy the bill or the elec­tric will be shut off.  The Union Coun­ty State’s Attorney’s Office urges the pub­lic to guard against such tele­phone scams – 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 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.