RACINE COUNTY — Fraudulent phone calls are on the rise, Racine County sheriff’s officials say, and the callers are using different tactics to collect money for personal information.
The Racine County Sheriff’s Office reported it has received numerous citizen complaints about phone fraud in which the suspects use the victim’s personal information.
In some cases, callers pose as IRS representatives demanding delinquent tax payments in the form of iTunes gift cards.
In others, the caller poses as a relative of the victim and claims they have been arrested and need bond money. Another caller will sometimes impersonate an officer to convince the victim that one of their relatives is in custody.
The Sheriff’s Office said the suspects most often target the elderly and advised the public to educate their older relatives and neighbors.