Police Blotter: Scammer Impersonates Cable Salesperson

The following information was supplied by the Buffalo Grove Police Department. Arrests do not indicate a conviction. Email cristel@patch.com with questions about this blotter.


A citizen reporting finding a wallet on the ground at 7:16 a.m. Jan. 21 on the 0-100 block of South Buffalo Grove Road. Police contacted the owner, who will come to station to retrieve the wallet.


Officers assisted with a driver and vehicle that was disabled at 8:20 a.m. Jan. 21 at the intersection of Buffalo Grove Road and Old Oak Drive. Officers pushed the vehicle out of traffic and assisted until the vehicle was repaired. 


A resident reported Jan. 21 that she was receiving harassing text messages from a client. Officers contact the client and advised him to stop or face possible criminal charges. 


A complainant reported a rear window was broken between Jan. 18-21 at a business on the 900 block of West Dundee Road. Officers checked the interior and did not locate any further damage. 


A resident reported that he was the victim of a scam from Jan. 16-18. He told police he was referred to a Dish Network loyalty program and a representative called him to offer him a new program. The representative offered one year of free service if the resident pre-paid for six months. They also offered a movie channel, additional DVR and a same-day install if he purchased a Money Pak (Green Dot) which shows that it can be used to make payments to Dish Network. The card was obtained and payment was made but the resident received no service of further calls. Contact with Dish Network was made, and a company representative stated they did not have a loyalty program and it was a scam.


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