Green Dot Phone Fraud: Business Owner Scammed By Man Posing As Comed Billing Rep, Arlington Heights

Arlington Heights police responded Sunday to a report of telephone fraud to a business owner on the southside of Arlington Heights. Police received a report that a victim received a phone call from a male claiming to be a representative of ComEd. The offender claimed the victim's power would be disconnected if he didn't catch up with the payments of his ComEd bill.

The victim was told to purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak prepaid card. The offender told the victim to go to the nearest Walgreens, purchase the card, and provide him with the serial number. The victim complied, but then realized the request was probably a scam, especially when he realized his Com Ed bill payments were current.

The victim tried to call the offender's phone number and discovered that the phone was a magicJack phone. The victim also attempted to stop the transaction, but it was too late.

The crime is reported to have occurred between Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. and Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

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