Vermilion County Sheriff’s Police are warning area residents about an apparent phone scam. Chief Investigator Michael Hartshorn says the Sheriff’s Department received a report from a resident who received a phone call from someone claiming to be with the Social Security Administration. The caller told the complainant that they were in trouble with the law and needed to provide their social security number to confirm their identity or they would be arrested.
Hartshorn says a short while later, the complainant received a call which appeared to be coming from the Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department administrative number – 217-442-4080 – and the caller said he was coming to arrest the female complainant unless she cooperated with the Social Security Administration.
The Sheriff’s Department is reminding citizens that the Social Security Administration will never call asking for your personal information. Captain Hartshorn also notes criminals are routinely spoofing telephone numbers of local government, businesses, and cellular phone numbers to make it appear the calls are legitimate.
Sheriff’s Police are warning you should never give out any personal information over the phone to such callers. Instead you should hang-up and contact local law enforcement.