Barrington Police warning: Watch out for online and phone scams

Scams include bogus winnings, fraudulent bitcoin investments

Posted 2/17/21

Barrington police are asking residents to be on the lookout for telephone and computer scams.

Barrington Police Chief Dino DeCrescenzo said the department has noticed a variety of different scam …

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Barrington Police warning: Watch out for online and phone scams

Scams include bogus winnings, fraudulent bitcoin investments

Posted

Barrington police are asking residents to be on the lookout for telephone and computer scams.

Barrington Police Chief Dino DeCrescenzo said the department has noticed a variety of different scam attempts, some involving calls from individuals claiming to be with government agencies or law enforcement. Other scams target peoples’ emails.

Last week’s police report included five different incidents:

• On Wednesday, Feb. 10, a Shore Drive resident told police she had received a phone call from someone claiming to be with the Social Security Administration. The caller told the resident that she needed to provide her personal information over the phone and that there were warrants out for her arrest. The call was bogus and the woman only shared her name and date of birth.

• On Thursday, Feb. 11, a Church Street resident reported an online bitcoin scam. The resident said he had been watching a program on Youtube that he believed was legitimate, and later paid a large amount of money, believing he was investing it. He later realized he had been scammed out of $15,000. The resident reported the incident to Youtube, but said the account was still up and running.

• On Friday, Feb. 12, an Orchard Avenue resident told police he received a phone call notifying him that he had won $100,000. The caller told the resident he just needed to send in a check for $2,200 and then he would receive his winnings. The resident grew concerned, and said he would only hand over the check if the caller stopped by his home to pick it up. The resident then called police to report the situation. Police warned the resident that the call was very likely a scam. An officer stopped by the man’s home and while there, a call came in from the person offering the winnings. The police officer got on the line and the caller hung up immediately.

• Also on Friday, a Lillis Avenue resident stopped into the station to report an attempted scam. The resident told police she received an email from an account she thought was her boss’s, instructing her to purchase hundreds of dollars in iTune gift cards and then share the gift card numbers. The resident purchased the cards, but called her boss before giving out the information. Her boss told her he had not sent her any email.

• On Saturday, Feb. 13, a Bullock Avenue resident told police they received a notice for unemployment papers that had been filed. The resident had not filed any papers. The benefits were for an Illinois resident. Police contacted the man, who said he had not filed for unemployment.

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