Arlington Hts. police warn of scam
Arlington Heights police are warning of a check scam that was unsuccessfully used in an attempt to fleece people responding to an and on Craigslist. An Arlington Heights business owner was contacted by a Chicago bank informing him that a customer was 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, which were 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 to an address in Nigeria. The business owner didn't lose any funds.
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