McHenry County Sheriff's Office warns of phone scam

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 11:22 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 11:42 p.m. CDT

A person calling from Jamaica with a thick accent attempted to scam a person in McHenry County, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

The reported victim was contacted by someone posing as "John Foster" from the Illinois Lottery, the sheriff's office said. The victim was asked to send the caller money.

"These scams are now very common in our area," Undersheriff Andrew Zinke said in the news release. "We need to keep reminding the community to be vigilant against such calls, emails and letters. Please do not trust strangers with your personal information or money."

The sheriff's office added the safest way to conduct business is in person and with people that you've worked with in the past or referred by a trusted family member or friend.

- Northwest Herald

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