Jo Daviess residents warned of two phone scams

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Jo Daviess County residents are warned of two current phone scams.

One scam is a caller claiming to lower a person’s credit card payments. The scammer calls from a number that appears to come from the Midwest Medical Center’s main line, 815-777-1340. Midwest Medical Center is not affiliated with the service.

The second scam is a caller that says they are from the Federal Grant Department in Washington D.C. They tell the victim they are the recipient of a $9,000 grant and that they need to buy a $150 gift card and call them back at 202-697-9510 for further instructions on how to collect the grant money.

The scammer then asks for the gift card number and PIN, and informs the victim that they will get their grant money from a Western Union money wire transfer.

The Jo Daviess County Sheriff is urging the public to be cautious of these scams. Do not agree to transfer money to anyone, unless you are absolutely certain of the recipient’s identity.

If you have experienced this, or a similar scam, call the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office at 815-777-3141 or 800-373-7838, or your local police department.