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Winnebago County issues warning for 'Distraint Warrant' Scam

WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Ill. – It has been brought to the attention of the Winnebago County Board Office that a scam regarding non-payment of taxes has been circulating to residents of Winnebago County.

This is not an official letter from Winnebago County, and it is believed this is an attempt to scam residents into paying a fake tax debt. There is a bold heading claiming the notice is a "Distraint Warrant" and a toll free number is listed on the letter. Please do not call this number. Be advised the only correspondence from Winnebago County regarding payment of taxes is the initial tax bill that goes out in the beginning of May and the certified notice for any delinquent taxes that goes out in the end of September.

To check on the status of your current tax bill, please contact the Treasurer's Office at (815) 319-4400 or visit

If you received a similar request either by mail or phone, please report it to the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office non-emergency line at (815) 282-2600.