August 28, 2023 – The Cook County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public of a telephone scam where a caller claims to be a Sheriff’s Office employee and tells individuals to send money or risk arrest.
In some versions of this scam the offender tells individuals a warrant is being issued because they failed to show up for jury duty, and they must pay a fee to remedy the situation and avoid arrest.
To make the scam seem legitimate, the caller is using the actual names and respective titles of Sheriff’s Office employees. The caller may also use legal or police jargon during the call to sound like a law enforcement official and further intimidate individuals.
These types of calls are scams. Do not send money or provide personal information to the caller. The Sheriff’s Office does not request payments in this manner, nor does the Office accept payment via money transfer apps.
Individuals who believe they have been a victim of this scam are asked to call the Sheriff’s Police Investigation Section at 708-865-4896 or the Sheriff’s Police non-emergency number at 847-635-1188