Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick says another phone scam is using what appears to be a legitimate number from his department.

With the holidays approaching scams tend to pop up more frequently.

Scams can happen anytime, anywhere and any place.

They come in many forms like an email, a text message, phone calls, even door to door.

Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick says another phone scam is working through the area.

The Sheriff's Office has taken reports from residents who have received phone calls from a man who identifies himself as Deputy Anderson or Deputy James. He claims to be from the Williamson County Sheriff's Office.

Three Canadians have been sentenced to prison for their roles in defrauding elderly southern Illinoisans and others in a prescription drug discount card telemarketing scam.

The U.S. attorney's office says two of the defendants, 41-year-old Fawaz Sebai and 34-year-old Vassilios Klouvatos were sentenced to more than three years in federal prison, while the third, 27-year-old Lefkothea Klouvatos received a two-and-a-half year sentence. They pleaded guilty to federal mail fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy charges last December.

Illinois News Connection

Having the wool pulled over your eyes by someone you love is one thing, but imagine unknowingly becoming an accomplice to crime.

Jessica Tharp, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Central Illinois, explains singles looking for a love connection online may fall prey to scammers who use affection to manipulate victims out of their money.

Salem Police Warn About Hard to Spot Scam

Jan 18, 2018

A new phone scam is going around the Salem area.

Phone scams are becoming more common and now they use local numbers to get you to answer the phone.

Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick says a possible scam is operating in the area involving his agency.

He says local businesses have reported receiving calls from a person who claims they are representing the Williamson County Sheriff's Office to raise money to provide coats for needy children.

Utilities across the country are taking time this week to warn customers about the threat of scammers.

The SIU-Carbondale Office of Information Technology is putting out an urgent notice to the campus community about an email scam.

Interim Chief Information Officer Scott Bridges says students, faculty and staff at SIU-C are receiving emails telling them their financial aid award letter is available by clicking on Saluki Net or their SIU email account.

Union Co. Sheriff's Office

The Union County Sheriff's Office would like to alert the public of a scam that appears to be making it's way around the county.