Police Blotter: Scammer Targets Woman on Dating Site

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 complainant reported Sept. 4 that a black limousine had been parked on the 200 block of Anthony Road for more than a month. The vehicle had both right side tires flat. An attempt to contact the registered owner failed, but a message was left. The limo will be cited and pre- and post-tow notices will be sent.  


An officer responded to a report of an open apartment door at 6 p.m. Sept. 4 on the 800 block of Trace Drive. The unit was empty and appeared to be in the process of remodeling. The door was secured and complex management was advised. 


A resident of the 400 block of Banyan Tree Lane reported that a landscaper broke her front door while weed-whacking on Sept. 4. The glass to the storm door was broken and the landscaper was gone. The resident contacted management for the complex, which in turn contacted the landscaper. The door will be replaced. 


A resident received reported Sept. 4 that she received a letter from one of the credit bureaus because someone opened an account in Bloomington, which has a balance of $689. It appears that someone used the resident’s identification and she is working with the credit bureau to correct the issue. 

A resident reported that he met another attorney at his law office in Chicago to discuss a personal injury case on Aug. 31. The other attorney became belligerent and was asked to leave. Since then, the other attorney has sent several emails to the resident, which are unwanted. The resident simply wanted the incident documented. 

A resident reported Sept. 4 that she created a profile on Match.com and started an online conversation with a man who said he is from the area. The communication lasted about a month, during which time she spoke with the man on the phone several times. The resident then received a call from a woman who stated that she is a friend of the man, that he was in some financial trouble and needed $500. The resident stated that she was unable to send $500, but that she would send $300 via Western Union. The resident then received a phone call from the man requesting an extra $250,000, which she declined. He then asked for $5,000 and the resident’s credit card number. The resident then believed that she was being scammed. An officer researched the man and found he has been flagged on dating websites and is scamming from Africa. The resident was advised to contact her credit providers and the credit bureaus to place alerts on her accounts. 


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