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Scammers ‘Hijack’ Real-Estate Listings, Trick Would-Be Renters Into Sending Money

Some of the ads on local websites are phony, with pirated home details. It’s already cost some victims thousands of dollars. CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports.

01/29/2015

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Better Business Bureau Warns Of Sex Offender Database Scam

Consumer advocates were warning about a new email scam designed to trick you into sharing your sensitive personal information.

01/23/2015

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Con Artists Pretending To Work For IRS Scam Wilmette Woman

A popular scam has been taken to a new level in north suburban Wilmette.

01/17/2015

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Niles Police: Phone Scammer Targeting Seniors By Claiming To Be With IRS

A phone scammer pretending to be from the Internal Revenue Service is targeting seniors and demanding money, police in north suburban Niles are warning.

11/27/2014

Money

Hanover Park Moves Money Out Of Investment Firm Hit By Fake Loan Scam

One western suburb has moved millions of dollars it had invested with an Oak Brook firm that has been scammed, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

11/08/2014

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Waukegan ‘Spiritual Healer’ Apparently Leaves Town After Scamming People Out Of Tens Of Thousands Of Dollars

Waukegan Police say a woman who advertised herself as a spiritual healer has apparently skipped town – after scamming people out of tens of thousands of dollars.

09/09/2014

Tollway

Email Scam Targets Motorists Who Use I-Pass

When Barbara Christopher got an email saying she owed on her I-Pass, she figured that was possible. CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.

07/10/2014

Handcuffs

Sheriff: Beware Phone Calls Threatening Arrest, Demanding Cash

The caller tells victims that they must make payments via pre-paid debit cards or a wire service and implies that an arrest is imminent, the sheriff’s office said.

06/27/2014

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Where To Buy A Cheap Car Online

In place of tiny columns with cryptic abbreviations of a car’s conditions, the Internet boasts searchable listings with generous detail and expansive photo galleries.

06/16/2014

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Scammers Tell Businesses: Pay Up — Or Lose Power

Business owners are getting calls claiming to be ComEd saying they owe big bucks and they must pay up — or else. CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.

05/29/2014

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Latest Phishing Scam: Text From Bank Telling You To ‘Reactivate’ Your Debit Card

Another day, another high-tech illegal ploy to separate you from the cash in your bank account. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

04/11/2014

ATM

Banks On Notice About New ATM-Draining Scam

Fraud expert William Kresse says if you have an ATM card you are at risk. CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.

04/03/2014

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Teens Arrested In Waukegan For Debit Card Scam

Police said a resident contacted them this week about being approached on a social media site by someone promising free scholarship money in exchange for a bank debit card and the PIN that goes with it.

03/21/2014

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Better Business Bureau Warns Of ‘One Ring’ Cell Phone Scam

Dubbed the “One Ring” scam, a computer sends thousands of calls to random cell phone numbers, rings once, and then disconnects. Curious customers who return the missed call could be charged $19.95 for an international call fee and an additional $9 per-minute charge.

01/29/2014

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2 Investigators: Debit-Card Holders Duped Into Giving Out PIN Numbers

If promises of quick cash sound too good to be true, they probably are, authorities warn. CBS 2’s Pam Zekman talks with one victim.

11/21/2013

City Hall

Contractor Who Hid Daley Relatives’ Stake In City Sewer Deal Gets 17 Months In Prison

Anthony Duffy deliberately left out the names of Daley’s son Patrick Daley and nephew Robert Vanecko when he listed all of the owners of his business in financial disclosure forms he filed with City Hall, and then he lied about it in an FBI interview.

10/31/2013

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Police Seek Scam Artist Who Stole Thousands From Elderly Man

James Jackson says a tricky tree trimmer snipped away at more than $2,000 of his savings, swiping it from inside his home. CBS 2’s Pamela Jones reports.

10/24/2013

The RedBox logo is displayed on a RedBox video rental kiosk August 14, 2009 in San Rafael, California. Movie studios are making an attempt to limit new release movies to the fast growing DVD rental kiosk company RedBox in protest of their extremely low rental prices. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Redbox Scammers Steal Games By Using Bar Codes To Trick Kiosks

The trickery has been brewing since Redbox, based in Oakbrook Terrace, introduced game rentals in 2011.

09/21/2013

Court Generic

Two Men Sentenced To Federal Prison For Minority Contracting Fraud

A federal judge condemned what she called the “‘Where’s mine?’ mentality” of a pair of white fraudsters who ripped off Chicago’s minority contracting program Tuesday, sentencing them both to prison.

09/10/2013

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NIPSCO Warns Customers Of Bill Payment Scam

Electric utility customers in northwestern Indiana are being warned about scam artists posing as NIPSCO workers.

08/28/2013

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