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Arlington Heights Police Scam Alert: “Work At Home” Offer on Craigslist Involves Check Fraud

Wed January 09 2013 12:49 pm  http://www.arlingtoncardinal.com/?p=57954
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SCAM ALERT: An area Arlington Heights business owner was contacted by a Chicago bank informing him about a bank customer attempting to cash one of his business checks. The signature on the check was a copy of the owner’s and the check number came back to an actual check issued to a different payee. Several people received similar checks after they responded to a “work at home” offer on Craigslist. Prior to receiving the checks sent from Nigeria the people were called by a subject calling himself Tony Hunt. He told the people they would be receiving a check in the mail and they needed to buy a small amount of equipment for the job before sending the remaining funds back to an address in Nigeria. The checks were fraudulent and the connected account was closed.

The business owner did not experience any financial losses.


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