Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The scammer posed as a hotel clerk and called a customer staying at the hotel to offer a discount in exchange for credit card information.
Skokie police are warning people about a new scam that targets hotel customers and claims to need customers’ debit or credit card information to verify their accounts at the hotel, CBS Chicago reported. Skokie Police Officer Joe Marzigliano told CBS Chicago the scammer informed the victim she would receive a 10 percent discount at checkout if she provided the information. Police aren’t sure if the scammer called the rooms randomly but says anyone staying in a hotel could be a victim, CBS Chicago reported.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Two men thought they were buying 10 Apple iPhone 5s, but instead were robbed at gunpoint. Police said the individuals meet through Craigslist.
Buyers looking for a good deal through Craigslist this holiday season may want to take some extra precaution after two men were robbed of $5,000 at gunpoint in Skokie on Nov. 8. The victims meet their suspect through a local ad on Craigslist. The two men told police they were supposed to buy 10 Apple iPhone 5s, but were robbed after meeting the suspect, who went by the alias "Tyrone," police said. The three met in the 9100 block of Ewing Avenue and introduced each other via shaking hands. However, the deal went south when the suspect pulled out a black semi-automatic pistol and said, “you have five seconds to give me the cash or I will shoot you,” the report stated. The suspect then removed $5,000 in cash from the victims and fled the …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Niles police warn two people have been approached by scam artists so far; one lost $4,000 to the prepaid card scheme. The scammers can be in any country, making it impossible to recover the funds.
Holding up a Green Dot prepaid card, Niles Police Chief Dean Strzelecki briefed business owners that con artists are using it to defraud people. Strzelecki, speaking to the Niles Chamber of Commerce Thursday, said the card has its merits, and can be useful for travelers because if someone steals it, they can only get the amount that has been loaded onto the card. However, the department has seen two scam cases involving the card this week. Earlier: One victim smells scam, another duped $4,000 "The potential victim is contacted via phone, and told they've won a prize, such as a large sum of cash, a vehicle or some other high-value item. The caller then instructs the potential victim to go to a retailer to purchase a Green Dot card and …
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
A Lincolnwood healthcare business was allegedly involved in a kickback scheme.
A Des Plaines woman has been indicted for her reported role in what federal prosecutors described was a conspiracy involving kickbacks for Medicare patients, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced on Monday. Rakeshkumar Shah, 46, of Des Plaines, four others, and a home healthcare agency in Lincolnwood were named in the suit. Marilyn Maravilla, 55, of Chicago, Junjee L. Arroyo, 44, of Elmhurst, Ferdinand Echavia, 39, of Chicago, and Jean Holloway, 41, of Bellwood, and Shah are accused of paying and receiving approximately $400,000 in kickbacks to themselves, nurses, marketers and others to refer and retain Medicare patients that allowed the Lincolnwood business named in the complaint, Goodwill Home Healthcare, to bill Medicare approximately $…