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Ameren Illinois Telephone Scam Targeting Local Businesses

Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott announced today (Dec. 6) that Macon County businesses are currently being targeted by a telephone scam.  The callers claim to be employees of Ameren Illinois, notify the victims that their power bill has not been paid, and represent that the power will be quickly disconnected if immediate payment isn’t made.  Several of these scam calls to local businesses have been reported this morning to the Elder Fraud Hotline.

Residents are advised to hang up if one of these calls is received.  If you suspect a scam please call the Elder Fraud Hotline at 217-615-7582.  All calls are answered by State’s Attorney Jay Scott.  For more information on scams, please visit the State’s Attorney’s website at 

Decatur Police Department Issues Warning
About Theft Of Packages In The City

      The Decatur Police Department at 707 W. South Side Dr., is releasing the following information to raise awareness of recent theft of packages, in the city:  

There have been recent thefts in the city and all citizens are reminded to take proper steps in safeguarding their packages that they are ordering online.  

Require the package to be signed for upon delivery to your residence.  Utilize UPS and FEDEX tracking applications on your phone to track the exact delivery time on your package.  Take advantage of having your package delivered to an Amazon Locker when ordering on Amazon instead of having the package delivered to your home.  Have the package delivered directly to the store.

These are just a few tips citizens can utilize to protect their packages and Christmas gifts that are being ordered and delivered to their home.

Contact the Decatur Police Department at 217-424-2711 if you have any questions on taking protective measures to safeguard packages ordered online.  If you have any questions regarding this press release please contact Officer Kestner, at 217-424-2743.