Automated message used in reported cell phone scam

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Local residents have reported an identity theft scam that uses an automated message to get victims to enter personal information on their cell phone keypad.

The Henry County, Illinois Sheriff’s Department said they are investigating after receiving recent complaints about the scam.

Victims get a call on their cell phones from an unknown or restricted number.  An automated message tells the victim their credit card has been compromised.  The automated message then prompts the victim to use their cell phone keypad to enter the number, expiration date and PIN for the allegedly compromised credit card.

“Never give any personal information or account or identification numbers to any unconfirmed source,” said a statement from Henry County Sheriff James Padilla.