Phone scam targets residents in Edwardsville area

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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) _ Edwardsville authorities are warning residents about phone scammers threatening arrest if fictitious fines aren’t paid.

The Edwardsville Police Department and the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Police have issued warnings about the telephone scam targeting residents in the Edwardsville and Glen Carbon area. The Belleville News-Democrat reports the person behind the scam has manipulated caller ID to make people think the call is coming from the non-emergency number at the police department.

The caller has been identifying himself as an employee of the Internal Revenue Service and telling people they will be arrested by police if money isn’t wired as directed.

Police Chief Jay Keeven says the department has received several calls about the scam. But he says he doesn’t know if anyone has actually forwarded money.
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Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com