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updated: 12/23/2013 5:21 PM

Arlington Heights police warn of scam targeting older residents

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Arlington Heights police are warning of scammers calling older residents of the village and posing as a relative in an attempt to get money.

The latest report involves calls made to an 87-year-old Arlington Heights man who received a call from a person claiming to be his granddaughter. The caller stated she was involved in a DUI accident in Indiana and doesn't sound like herself because of a broken nose and stitched lip. She stated she needed money to get out of jail and then put on a man claiming to be her public attorney. He explained the original cost was $3,000 but he was able to lower the cost to $1,495.

The man was instructed to wire the funds to the Dominican Republic via Western Union, but instead called his son and determined the caller was trying to scam him out of money.

Anyone having information about this or any other serious crime in Arlington Heights should submit an anonymous text tip by texting the keyword 847AHPD and your message to 847411 (tip411) or call Arlington Heights Crime Stoppers at (847) 590-STOP. Callers are guaranteed anonymity and may qualify for a cash reward of up to $1,000.