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Scam Artists Follow Hail Storms, Authorities Warn

The key here is for homeowners not to let contractors take advantage of them at a time when they may be vulnerable. CBS 2’s Pam Zekman reports.


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Utilities, Watchdog Warn Customers Of Scams

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.


Thousands of people have lost millions of dollars on the newest telemarketing scams. (Credit: CBS)

2 Investigators: Sophisticated, Fast-Growing Phone Scams Costing Victims Millions

Thousands of people have lost millions dollars on the newest telemarketing scams that prey on some of our worst fears. Law enforcement officials describe them as ruthless and relentless.


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Better Business Bureau: Even In Love, Buyer Beware

Ahead of Valentine’s Day on Saturday, the Better Business Bureau was warning about scammers who prey on people looking for love.



Scammers Targeting Holiday Shoppers

You’re in the holiday mood, ready to spend some money, but be careful: you could be the target of a holiday scam. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker takes a look at the top five scams that could ruin your holidays.


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That Wedding Dress Deal Online? It May Be Too Good To Be True

Thousands of bad websites are ripping off brides to be. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker talks to one victim.



Better Business Bureau Releases List Of Top Ten Scams Of 2013

Chicago’s Better Business Bureau has made a list of the top ten scams of last year.


An example of a temporary visitor's driver's license for Illinois.  (Credit: Secretary of States)

Attorney General Warns Of Scams Sparked By Immigrant Driver’s Licenses

The state of Illinois began issuing temporary visitors’ driver’s licenses to those who are not U.S. citizens on Tuesday. Already, prosecutors are reporting scams.


A car is stranded in the middle of a downtown street after being overcome by floodwater in Des Plaines. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Des Plaines Residents On Alert For Flood Scams

Flood stricken Des Plaines residents have more to worry about now.



Crystal Lake Man, 4 Others Charged With Scamming Veterans, Military

Federal charges have been leveled against five people, in alleged schemes to cheat veterans and the military.

CBS Chicago–08/22/2012

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ComEd Warns Customers About Potential Scams

With the heat wave and major storms, scammers are out in force looking to take advantage of unsuspecting customers.


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In Wake Of Storm, Tips To Avoid Repair Scams

First, it was the storm, packed with ferocious winds and rain—and two tornadoes—that left a wide path of destruction.

CBS Chicago–06/23/2011

Bruce and Myrna Newman tried to sell their BMW convertible online, but the $34,000 check they were given they got for it turned out to be fake. Luckily, authorities tracked the car to a Mount Prospect dealership, where it had been put up for sale. (Credit: CBS)

Car Sellers Should Be Wary Of Online Scams

A suburban couple says they gave up the keys to their convertible BMW and were left holding a fake check for 34-thousand-dollars. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez has their story and tips to protect you from falling for the same scam.

CBS 2–06/21/2011

Bears playoff tickets for the Chicago-Seattle game are not selling briskly, brokers say. (CBS)

Experts: Be Careful When Buying Bears Tickets

If you’re looking to buy tickets for Sunday’s NFC championship game between the Bears and Packers at Soldier Field, the Better Business Bureau is warning you to be careful.

CBS Chicago–01/17/2011

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2 Investigators Expose Auto Repair Scams

A car damaged during a terrible storm is now at the center of multiple state and local criminal investigations. CBS 2 Investigator Dave Savini exposed the car repair nightmare, and part of an alleged ring of unlicensed auto repair shops in the Chicago area.

CBS 2–12/15/2010

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2 Investigators Expose Storm Damage Scams

After heavy wind and hail storms strike, storm chasers quickly move in with offers to fix what they say is damage to your home. Consumers have to be careful because that damage may not be storm-related.


City to flood victims: Watch out for scams

Chicago is warning flood victims to watch out for fraudulent home repair companies that may try to prey upon residents affected by severe weekend storms.

WBBM Newsradio–07/26/2010