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.