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Elderly couple from northern suburbs scammed out of thousands of dollars

Couple responded to fraudulent email that appeared to be sent by Chicago FBI

An unknown individual is claiming to be a member of Chicago FBI in fraudulent emails. The individual has already scammed an elderly couple from north suburban Chicago out of thousands of dollars, an FBI spokesperson said in an email. Photo courtesy of FBI Chicago Media Coordinator SA Garrett H. Croon.
An unknown individual is claiming to be a member of Chicago FBI in fraudulent emails. The individual has already scammed an elderly couple from north suburban Chicago out of thousands of dollars, an FBI spokesperson said in an email. Photo courtesy of FBI Chicago Media Coordinator SA Garrett H. Croon.

An email that seemed to be from a member of the Chicago FBI branch cost one northern suburban couple thousands of dollars.

The email claimed the couple had been tracked by a monitoring system and accused the two of "money laundering and financing terrorism in different parts of the world." It appeared to be sent by the Chicago FBI, located in Rolling Meadows. The email then asked the couple to reply to the email within 24 hours or risk being prosecuted. It also instructed them not to mention the email to anyone.

FBI Chicago Media Coordinator SA Garrett H. Croon said in an email, "The FBI is reminding the public the FBI will not send you an email stating we are charging you with a crime."

Croon went on to say the FBI will also never ask for money. Anyone who has received a similar email is asked to report it to IC3.gov - a website controlled by the FBI where cyber-related crimes may be reported.

Croon declined to provide the names of those involved in the scam.

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