Scam and Con Alerts
Scammers and Con Artists work all year long to hone their skills and ruses to separate people from their money. These unscrupulous individuals devise schemes that appear to be legitimate and play on the possibility that someone will take the bait towards a get rich quick opportunity of a lifetime or be a sympathetic soul for a person in need.
Senior citizens are not the only targets; everyone is susceptible to something that sounds too good to be true or trying to be a Good Samaritan. The North Riverside Police Department has been notified of the following deceptive acts taking place locally:
- Award Winning Notification Scam
- ComEd Impersonation Scam
- Letter Scam
- Phone Scam
- Repair Scam
- Grandparent Scam
- IRS Tax Scam
The North Riverside Police Department wants all citizens to be aware of home repair fraud, phone scams, mail fraud, and Internet scams and to practice the following safety tips.
- Keep doors and windows locked at all times.
- Never open the doors to strangers.
- Ask service people for identification and call the company for further verification. If there are any suspicious people or activity contact the local police department immediately.
- Check with family, friends, the Village Building Department / Police Department for validity of a business and/or repair activity within the village limits.
- Don't give personal or financial information over the phone.
- Do not dial unfamiliar code numbers on the phone.
- Hang up on nuisance callers and report them.
- Consult with trusted individuals regarding any business / financial affairs.
In order to reduce victimization, please be alert and aware of your surroundings, utilize good safety practices, and keep in contact with your neighbors and your local police department. By being the eyes and ears of the community, you will help reduce victimization for you and others.
If you have any questions, concerns, or are looking for more information about Crime Prevention material, please contact (708) 447-9191