EVANSTON, Ill. (CBS) — Police in Evanston issued a warning Tuesday – if a detective calls asking for money, it is probably a scam.
Police said someone claiming to be Detective Jason Kohl called a resident saying there was a warrant out for their arrest. The caller proceeded to ask for $5,000 and then claimed to transfer the victim to a Lt. Daniel Russell.READ MORE: Bill Geared Toward Creating More Affordable Housing Passes Out Of Illinois Senate Committee
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Evanston police said the calls appear to be legitimate because the caller spoofs the caller ID to display (847) 866-5000, the non-emergency number for the Evanston Police Department.
Evanston police have been getting complaints about similar scams going back to April 2019.Anyone who receives such a call should ask for the name of the person calling, and then hang up and dial (847) 866-5000 to confirm whether police really called them.MORE NEWS: Chicago Public Library Posts Archive Of Speeches By Mayor Harold Washington, Born 99 Years Ago Thursday
Anyone with information about the scam is asked to call Evanston police or use the Text-A-Tip program. Tips should be sent to 274637 (CRIMES) and EPDTIP should be entered in the message line along with the information.