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Tag Archive | "scam"

Arlington Heights Resident, Victim of Grandparent Scam, Loses $4,000

Arlington Heights police this week are warning residents to be wary of calls seeking money to bail a grandchild out of jail following a fraudulent phone call that caused an elderly woman to be scammed out of $4,000 last week in a so-called “grandparent scam.” A scammer phoned the woman on Thursday, January, claiming to […]

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Scam IRS Phone Robocalls Reported by Arlington Heights Residents

The IRS phone scam involves an unsolicited call from an individual fraudulently claiming to be a representative from the Internal Revenue Service in an attempt to defraud the call recipient of money. A number of residents of the Arlington Heights community have reported receiving robo-calls from the IRS. The robo-call advises the victim that they […]

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Romance Scam: Buffalo Grove Woman Loses $50,022 in Scam by Male Correspondent on Match.com

Buffalo Grove police received a report that a Buffalo Grove woman was scammed out of $50,022 between October 2015 and January 2016 by a man she met on matchmaking service Match.com, according to Buffalo Grove police. In January on Match.com, the scammer told the 59-year-old woman that he was a secret service agent with his […]

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Man Scammed Out of $200 by Man on the Phone Pretending to Be Sheriff’s Police Deputy

Mount Prospect police received a report that a Mount Prospect resident was scammed out of $200 about 1:00 p.m. January 27, 2016. The male victim received a phone call from a man pretending to be from the sheriff’s police. The offender threatened to garnish wages and suspend the victim’s driver’s license unless he provided his […]

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New Facebook Scammers Lurk in Help Community; Pose As Facebook Support, Offer Toll Free Tech Support to Mess You Up and Get Your Money

Facebook.com has a help community, but there are some scammers lurking in the community that are out to help themselves to your money — not help you with your Facebook problem. Today, several people were offered a toll free number to call in response to help questions that were posted at … Facebook.com/help/community Facebook officials […]

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Victim Out $510K After Online Romance Scam on Match.com; Part Scam and Part Taxes on Transaction

Con artists have a formula that continues to fool unsuspecting victims into handing over money, sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars, with online romance scams. Joy, scammed by a Match.com member, lost $510,000. $350K to scammer $145K to IRS $15K to State of Colorado Psychologist John Stapert, Ph.D. says that emotions can overwhelm logical thought […]

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Man and Woman Team Scam Buffalo Grove Woman Out of $15,000 in Lottery/Tax Scam

Buffalo Grove police received a report that a 54-year-old Buffalo Grove woman was scammed out of $15,000 while shopping at a discount store in Buffalo Grove. The woman was approached by a man and woman who convinced her to withdraw money from her bank account and give it to them. The entire deceit and transaction […]

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Staged Apple iPhone Purchase Ends with Quick Grab and Run Theft at Taco Bell on Algonquin Rd, Arlington Heights

Arlington Heights police received a report about 4:46 PM Saturday of a theft at Taco Bell, 1530 West Algonquin Road Arlington Heights, IL. Police received a report that an unknown offender or offenders met the victim to purchase a gold apple iPhone 6, value $500. The offender grabbed the phone from the victim and fled […]

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Green Dot Money Pak Scam Involving Fake ComEd Agent Gets $1,000 from Victim on Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights

Arlington Heights police received a report about 3:57 PM Friday of a successful scam involving ComEd and Green Dot Money Pak card in the block of 300 South Arlington Heights Road Arlington Heights, IL. Police received a report that an unknown offender called the victim claiming to be a representative from ComEd disconnection department and […]

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Green Dot Money Pak Depleted After Victim Unknowingly Deposits Fake Check, Arlington Heights

Arlington Heights police received a report about 1:01 PM Thursday of deception fraud involving a victim that lives in condo/apartments in the block of 1200 South Old Wilke Road Arlington Heights, IL. Police received a report that an unknown offender or offenders emailed the victim with instructions to go to Walmart to purchase Green Dot […]

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“One Ring” Cell Phone Scam: Return the Call and Unwanted International Charges Hit Your Bill

The Better Business Bureau is warning cell phone users about the ”One Ring” scam and a new credit card scam.  ONE RING SCAM …  The “One Ring” scam, a scammer’s computer is programmed to autodial thousands of calls to random cell phone numbers, ring once, and then disconnect. The scammers hope you are curious enough […]

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FBI ALERT: MoneyPak Scams with a Little Added Threat — A Bomb Scare

FBI ALERT Public Service Announcement: The FBI is aware of various scams pertaining to re-loadable pre-paid debit cards, but specifically wants to alert the public on a bomb scare scam targeting businesses.  MONEYPAK …  One scenario is scammers begin calling businesses and fraudulently representing themselves as a utility company employee and advising the utility bill […]

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