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Police Reports

Sugar Grove couple loses $82K in ripoff scheme

Told their 'grandson' needed help after crash

SUGAR GROVE – Village of Sugar Grove residents lost $82,000 in a fraudulent scheme in which they were told their grandson was in an accident and was arrested for alcohol in a rental car, police reports received through a Freedom of Information Act request stated.

The fraud occurred Oct. 17 when residents of the 100 block of Monna Street, Sugar Grove, received a phone call from someone stating he was an attorney representing the grandson, reports stated.

The caller first asked for $5,000 to release the grandson, then the caller increased the amount to $62,000 to cover the insurance company of the grandson’s rental car, with the promise that they would be reimbursed at a later date, reports stated.

The victims wire transferred the money from Old Second Bank in Sugar Grove to a company in Wilmington, Del., along with an additional cashier’s check for $20,000, reports stated.

The victims did not report the loss until Dec. 17 when the grandson came to visit their house for Christmas and he told them none of the events had happened.

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