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ILLINOIS STATE POLICE WARN THE PUBLIC
OF “SPOOFING” CALL SCAM
Scammers Are Using Local Area State Police District Telephone Numbers to Scam Victims
IL – Illinois State Police (ISP) officials have received multiple calls
from the public concerning suspected scam calls. Various ISP
districts throughout the state have received reports from citizens
stating they have received calls from individuals with a foreign accent
claiming to be members of the Illinois State Police seeking their
personal information. It has also been reported the
callers claim there is some police matter that needs to be resolved
which requires the would-be-victims’ personal information (full name,
date of birth, social security number, etc.). Concerned citizens have
also reported the telephone number where the call
originated, matched the ISP District telephone number.
type of scam is a common technique known as “spoofing.” Spoofing
occurs when a telephone number is manipulated and disguised to look like
alternate telephone number of a person’s choosing. Usually the number
is disguised to match the telephone number of a government agency that
would typically gather personal information in the performance of their
A few factors to consider:
Always ask the caller to identify himself/herself by name.
an ISP Trooper needs to collect personal information from you, they
will usually collect the information during an in-person interview.
there are certainly times when an incident will require a follow up
telephone call by an ISP Trooper to gather additional information, e.g. a
investigation, an ISP Trooper will never ask for your social security
number over the phone. The Trooper will also have knowledge of the
incident you were involved in and your specific role in that incident.
can be very aggressive in their techniques. One of their most common
used techniques is to create a sense of urgency and fear in their
potential victims in
order to gain their personal information.
you receive a call from and ISP Trooper claiming to be calling from an
ISP District, request the name of the caller and advise the caller you
will call them back.
Look up the ISP District phone number they claim to be calling from,
then call the number and ask to speak to the Trooper whose name you were
given. If there is not a Trooper by that name, please advise the call
taker of the incident that just occurred.
ISP District telephone numbers can be found on the ISP website: www.isp.state.il.us