Con artists are using a variety of scams in their attempts to prey on Arlington Heights residents, police reports show.
In the latest report, a potential victim in the 1000 block of North Wilshire Lane received a telephone call Monday from a subject who claimed to work for the insurance company that was sending a check for a claim. The complainant has not idea how the offender knew about the check. The phone call may have originated from Kingston, Jamaica.
The report comes after a 71-year-old woman was scammed out of more than $28,000 by a male she met through an online dating service on May 1. She sent the money over a period of weeks via Western Union to Poland.
On June 3, a woman was scammed when she wired money to a moving company to ship furniture she was selling online. She was advised that emails she thought were from PayPal were frauds, but PayPal agreed to make good on her loss.
And on June 4, a woman who had submitted a payday loan application online received a call from someone claiming to be an FBI agent, who said he needed her bank routing number or her Social Security number would be blocked. She declined to provide it.