Kendall County residents target of potential scam
By Erika Wurst firstname.lastname@example.org October 25, 2013 9:24AM
Updated: November 28, 2013 6:26AM
Two Kendall County residents reported becoming targets of a potential scam recently, and Kendall County State’s Attorney Eric Weis is asking others to take heed.
The residents were contacted by a company alleging to be called “USA Consumer Sweepstakes,” which promises to pay out thousands, or millions of dollars, if residents pay some money up front to claim their reward.
Weis said the suspects send their targets information, and what appears to be a valid check for the prize money.
The information appears to be official, and contains a website and address for an allegedly legitimate company.
The scam revolves around asking residents to call a number and claim their prize. Callers are told to send money, sometimes thousands of dollars, to an address, under the guise of off-setting the costs of processing the prize money.
“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” Weis said, urging residents to always do their research before sending money to unknown companies.
“My office, and local law enforcement, want to protect local residents, especially our senior citizens, from becoming the victim of these financial scams,” Weis said.
“If you suspect that you may be or have been the victim of a financial scam, you should contact your local law enforcement agency, the Kendall County State’s Attorney’s Office, or the Illinois Attorney General’s Office,” he added.
Weis said that so far, neither of the residents reporting the scam have lost any money, as they both contacted police before acting.
Once someone does send money, however, the funds are not usually recoverable, he said.
“Many of these individuals are located outside of the country and are difficult to track,” Weis said.