Local law enforcement officials are again reminding the public to watch your money and avoid scam artists at work.
There have been several reports of victims turning over cash, money orders and personal information, resulting in losses of thousands of dollars.
Watseka Police Chief Jeremy Douglas is notifying local residents of the scam. There's reports of individuals approaching people and business-owners to borrow money. The solicitors claim a check is being held by someone that they owe money and they need cash to pay that person so that their check will be released. Police say they then promise to repay the loan once they get the check.
There are also several reports of the solicitors asking for a ride so they can pay the person back.
Chief Douglas advises 'this is a scam. Do not loan them money and Do not offer a ride.' Contact police to report any incident.
IRS scams too .....
Several reports of an IRS scam also continue to make news. Solicitors often-times call you several times a day, saying you owe the IRS money and you're subject to arrest or jail time – if you don't pay up.
Records show several victims have written checks or money-orders to fraudulent callers. Police advise: don't fall victim, hang up on these people and contact police. Many of these calls are coming from foreign countries but show up on your caller ID as a local call.