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Pekin Police Department
Friday May 14th, 2010 :: 11:38 a.m. CDT

Telephone Scam Alert

For Immediate Release

The Pekin Police Department is providing a warning to the public against an ongoing scheme involving jury service. The public needs to be aware that individuals identifying themselves as court employees have been telephonically contacting citizens and advising them that they have been selected for jury duty. These individuals ask to verify their name, birth date and social security number. If the request is refused, citizens are then threatened with fines and arrest.

The judicial system does not contact people telephonically and ask for personal information such as your social security number or date of birth. If you receive one of these phone calls, do not provide any personal or confidential information to these individuals. This is an attempt to steal or to use your identity by obtaining your name, social security number and potentially to apply for credit or credit cards or other loans in your name. It is an attempt to defraud you.

If you have already been contacted and have already given out your personal information, please monitor your account statements and credit reports, and contact your local law enforcement agency.

For additional information, contact the Pekin Police Department Public Information Officer, Michael Sanders, at 309-477-2340.

Pekin Police Department
111 S Capitol St
Pekin, IL 61554

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 309-346-3132

Michael Sanders

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