CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois residents are being warned about a phone scam in which victims are told there’s a warrant for their arrest because of missed jury duty. They’re also told they can avoid arrest by paying a fine.
The Illinois Supreme Court has issued an alert to courts throughout the state, saying that the scam has recently been carried out in Kendall County.
The caller identifies himself as “Captain David Allen” from the “Federal Warrant Division” and tells victims that a specific judge has issued an arrest warrant.
Victims are asked to buy a “money pack” — a prepaid credit card available at many stores — then call “Captain Allen” at a specific phone number. The victim is asked to read the numbers off the money pack to settle the false fine.