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Police say Elburn man lost $5,300 in scam

Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 10:50 a.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 10:33 p.m. CST

ELBURN – A 33-year-old Elburn man last week lost $5,300 in what police are describing as a scam, Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith said.

Smith said the man, who lives in the 700 block of North First Street, received a call July 3 from someone claiming to be an IRS agent. Smith said the caller told the man he owed back taxes and that he needed to deposit $2,500 into a bank account if he wanted to stay out of jail. The man deposited the money.

After that transaction was done, Smith said, the man received another call. The caller told the man that the Elburn Police Department had a warrant for his arrest, and that he needed to deposit another $2,800. The man again deposited the money, a total of $5,300, Smith said.

Days later, Smith said, the man told friends about the incident, and the friends told him that it sounded like a scam, and he should call the police. Smith said he doesn’t believe the man owed any money, but the caller convinced him that he could go to jail if he didn’t do as he was told.

“They talk a good game,” Smith said.

He said it would be “very difficult” to recover the money because “these people cover their tracks.” He said if residents encounter such calls, they should hang up and call the police.

The incident is the latest of several in the Kane County area in which police or residents suspected a scam.

On June 17 in Sugar Grove, a resident reported that he received a call claiming that the online service he uses to monitor his computers for malware and viruses was going out of business, and the caller needed to access his computer remotely to process a refund. The caller continued to ask for a debit card number and threatened the resident that his bank information could be accessed if he didn’t wire $400.

Also in June, the St. Charles Police Department issued a news release stating that two residents had lost thousands of dollars reacting to calls claiming that they owed money to the IRS and were at risk of losing their homes.

In May in Sugar Grove, a resident reported he received suspicious calls regarding repair work for damage done by a hail storm. He reported it to police as a possible scam.

In May, St. Charles police warned businesses of a utility scam that had targeted at least two establishments.

Also in May, St. Charles police warned the public of rental scams after receiving a report of someone trying to rent out a house that was not for rent.

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