Individuals are claiming to be with the Illinois National Guard and soliciting donations by telephone.
The “granny scam” accounts for a growing part of the estimated $2.9 billion seniors lose in financial scams each year.
Sen. Clair McCaskill co-sponsored legislation to help deal with violators of the Do-Not-Call Registry.
Jefferson County Police say if anyone tells you over the phone you’re in trouble and can pay money to get out of it, hang up and call the police.
First Bank says the call is a scam.
Attorney general’s office says to watch for bogus calls about unpaid taxes or IRS investigations.
In the scam, the caller claims to be a sheriff’s deputy who advises his victims they have unpaid fines from the IRS for failing to report for jury duty.
In St. Louis, Frank Absher got a call saying he was about to be awarded a federal grant of about $3,000.