The Evanston Police Department has reported that since April 22, four residents have reported being contacted by somebody who falsely claimed to be Sergeant Joe Bush of the Evanston Police Department and told them that they have a a warrant for their arrest for missing a jury summons.

The caller then requested $2,500 and instructed the victim to obtain the cash from the bank. The caller next instructed the victim to purchase a Reloadit card at Office Depot, load the money onto the prepaid card and provide the caller with the card number, enabling the caller to obtain the money from the card.

In these cases the calls appeared to be legitimate because the caller spoofed the caller ID to display 847-866-5000, the non-emergency number of the Evanston Police Department. Spoofing is changing the caller ID to a different number.

If a resident receives such a suspicious call where the caller ID shows the call coming from the Evanston Police Department, the resident should ask for the name of the individual calling, hang up, and call the Police Department at 847-866-5000 to confirm the call.

Anyone with information regarding the perpetrator(s) of this fraudulent activity should call the Evanston Police Department or use the Text-A-Tip program where anonymous tips can be submitted. Tips should be sent to CRIMES (274367), with  EPDTIP typed in the message line along with the information.