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Sheriff’s office warns of convincing phone scam

The Cook County Sheriff's Office issued a warning on Friday, April 29, of a telephone a scam where the caller identifies as a sheriff’s office employee and tells victims they’ve missed jury duty or have outstanding citations and must pay money to rectify the situation.

The caller states that if the victim makes a payment using Zelle — a money transfer app — the victim can be assigned a judge who can hear their case. An email address is provided to the victim to send the payment.

The caller uses the name of an actual sheriff’s . . .

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