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Rantoul Police Warn of Potential Scams

RANTOUL -- Rantoul police say they've learned of phone and email scams that are hitting the area.

They say residents first alerted them late last week and that they received a few calls on Monday.

On the phone -- officials say the scams are "phishing" for information --   Asking people to send money to certain locations, telling people their bank accounts have been hacked and even that family members have been arrested and money is needed for attorneys or other fees.

"They'll talk about your son or a family member and just through the normal conversation you're probably going to say your family members name or the bank that you bank at, or you're just going to give the information unknowingly," Rantoul Police Detective Tim Rivest said.

Rivest says this type of fraud happens in waves -- and that this isn't the first time his department has warned the public.

In 2012, Rivest told me about an older couple who was scammed out of $104,000 dollars. From scammers claiming a family member was in trouble in mexico.

ABC NewsChannel 15 Kim Shine reports.