The Village of Algonquin, IL

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Scam Alert

The Algonquin Police Department has been receiving an increase in scam reports. Please be aware scammers tend to target the senior population using several methods.

Common Scams

  • Rental Scam (on-line posting)
  • Grandson/daughter in Jail (phone call)
  • Romance (on-line dating sites, social media sites)
  • IRS threatening arrest (phone call)
  • Police or Sherriff arrest (phone call)
  • Publisher’s Clearing House Win (email, phone call)
  • Lottery winnings (email, phone call)
  • Social Security (email)
  • Employment (on-line posting, email)
  • Black-mail (on-line dating sites, social media sites)
  • Animals for sale (on-line posting)

Common ways scammers make contact include:

  • Phone calls
  • Social Media/dating websites/employment ads/Craigslist
  • Email
  • Mail

If you have any suspicions you or a family member may be getting scammed, please contact the Algonquin Police Department for assistance. More information can be located below.

Protect Yourself!

  • Recognize scam attempts and end all communication with the perpetrator.
  • Search online for the contact information (name, phone number, addresses) and the proposed offer. Other people have likely posted information online about individuals and businesses trying to runs scams.
  • Resist the pressure to act quickly. Scammers create a sense of urgency to produce fear and lure victims into immediate action. Call the police immediately if you feel there is a danger to yourself or a loved one.
  • Be cautious of unsolicited phone calls, mailings and door-to-door services offers.
  • Never give or send any personally identifiable information, money, jewelry, gift cards, checks or wire information to unverified people or businesses.
  • Make sure all computer anti-virus and security software and malware protections are up to date. Use reputable anti-virus software and firewalls.
  • Disconnect from the internet and shut down your device if you see a pop-up message or locked screen. Pop ups are regularly used by perpetrators to spread malicious software. Enable pop-up blockers to avoid accidentally clicking on a pop-up.
  • Be careful what you download. Never open an email attachment from someone you don’t know, and be wary of email attachments forwarded to you.
  • Take precautions to protect your identity if a criminal gains access to your device or account. Immediately contact your financial institutions to place protections on your accounts, and monitor your accounts and personal information for suspicious activity.

How to Report

  • If you believe your or someone you know may have been a victim of elder fraud, contact your local FBI field office or submit a tip online. You can also file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.
  • When reporting a scam-regardless of dollar amount-include as many of the following details as possible:
    • Names of the scammer/and/or company
    • Dates of contact
    • Methods of communication
    • Phone numbers, email addresses, mailing addresses, and websites used by the perpetrator
    • Methods of payment
    • Where you sent funds, including wire transfers and prepaid cards (provide financial institution names, account names, and account numbers)
    • Descriptions of your interactions with the scammer and the instructions you were given
  • You are also encouraged to keep original documentation, emails, faxes and logs of all communications

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