The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association is advising all Illinois residents that there is a phone campaign fraudulently using the name of the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association in its solicitation.

The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association never solicits by phone; but does conduct a direct mail campaign throughout the state of Illinois endorsed by the individual Sheriffs across the state.

Telemarketing fraud costs billions of dollars each year. Phone solicitors who want you to ‘act immediately’ or are offering a ‘too good to be true’ opportunity are most like fake. If you have doubts or pressured, you are encouraged to hang up.

You have the right to ask the following information:

  1. The name, address and phone number of the organization for which they are soliciting.
  2. The name, address and phone number of the telemarketing firm.
  3. The percentage of every dollar paid to the telemarketing firm.
  4. Insist on something in writing prior to making a pledge or commitment.

If you cannot get answers to the above questions, you are encouraged to hang up. If you receive a call from someone saying they represent your local sheriff or the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association and are asking for donations- contact the Sheriffs Office immediately, or gather as much information as you can from the caller and report it to the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association at