ELIZABETH — Jo Daviess County Sheriff Kevin Turner recently warned the public about a telephone scam occurring in the county.

The caller telephones a resident and spoofs the phone number 815-777-9284, which belongs to the sheriff’s office. The caller then says they are from the civil process division and asks when the resident will be home as they need to deliver some paperwork.

The calls are not originating from the sheriff’s office. Turner has urged the public to exercise extreme caution if they receive telephone calls of this nature, and to hang up the phone or not answer if the number is not familiar.

For those who have experienced this, or a similar scam: 815-777-2141; 800-373-7838.