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updated: 1/16/2013 4:17 PM

Arlington Hts. police offer tips to avoid scams

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Submitted by Arlington Heights Police Department

The Arlington Heights Police Department is once again warning residents to be on the lookout for various types of schemes after an older resident reported two recent attempts to scam her.

The woman received a telephone call from an unknown offender who told her she had won a Mercedes and $2.5 million dollars. She also received a call from someone saying he was an FBI agent instructing her to go to Walgreens, purchase a Green Dot Money Card, load it with $499 and mail it to a Florida address.

Another resident received a phishing phone call asking for her Medicare Identification Number.

Police warned that if an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is; never give your bank account, social security or credit card numbers to anyone you don't know; say "no" to any offer which is only available right now; and never pay for a prize.