It’s unusual for three utilities and the Citizens Utility Board to come together for a single news conference, but they did just that Friday to try to prevent customers from being scammed.
Police said scam artists have been getting people to send them money in exchange for nothing, by selling tickets for ridiculously low prices on Craigslist and Backpage, and telling buyers to go to CVS stores to wire them money using Western Union and MoneyGram, but once the scammers get the money, the victims get nothing.
The Illinois Attorney General’s office said it has received complaints of several possible email scams related to the Ebola scare. One email says it will provide an Ebola “surplus personal protection kit.”
Scammers will run an ad – on Craigslist, for example – which touts low rent for a nice house, and ask for money to hold the property for interested renters.
A new cell phone theft scam is afoot around Chicago.