ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – An elderly resident of the 38W400 block of Hilltop Drive, St. Charles Township, was scammed out of more than $24,000, according to Kane County Sheriff’s reports.
Someone called the victim on Sept. 25, claiming to be a police officer, and said that the man’s grandson had hitched a ride after a funeral in Florida, but the car was pulled over and a bag of drugs was found, reports stated.
The caller told the victim his grandson was arrested along with the others in the car and that he needed $9,400 in cash to post bail by 10:30 a.m. Sept. 26 – and that it was a federal case and he could be in trouble if he talked about it, the report stated.
The victim withdrew the cash from his account at BMO Harris in St. Charles and and sent it via FedEx overnight to a bail bondsman in Florida and paid an additional $76.32 for a no-signature delivery, reports stated.
FedEx tracking records show it was delivered at 10:10 a.m. Sept. 26, reports stated.
The officer called back on Sept. 27 and said the grandson needed an additional $9,900 because his fingerprint was found on the trunk of the car that held the drugs, reports stated.
The victim withdrew an additional $9,900 and sent it again via FedEx to the same address in Florida, paying an additional $47.58 for shipping, the report stated.
The cash was delivered to the Florida address at 9:44 a.m. on Sept. 28, according to the FedEx tracking records, the report stated.
The officer called back on Oct. 1 and said his grandson needed an additional $8,000 for an agreement with the judge, but the victim said he could not come up with it – but asked if $5,000 was acceptable, the report stated.
The caller accepted the lesser amount and gave the victim a different address in New York to send the money, the report stated.
The victim used $2,000 from a credit card and $3,000 in cash and sent it via FedEx, paying an additional $72.69 for shipping. It was delivered to the New York address at 10:08 a.m. on Oct. 3, reports stated.
In total, the victim was out $24,496.59 in cash and shipping fees, reports stated.
A deputy determined there was no such officer by the name given to the victim, and talked to the man’s grandson, who said he had never been in Florida or New York, reports stated.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, the top fraud for 2017 was termed “imposter scams” with nearly 350,000 reports where people lost $328 million to someone pretending to be a loved one in trouble, a government official, tech support, or someone else who’s not who they say they are – but who wants your money, according to its website, www.consumer.ftc.gov.