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Scammers strike in Seneca

Meglan: One resident taken for $27,000

Published: Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 4:46 p.m. CDT

SENECA — Seneca police are warning area residents of two scams that have been reported recently to the department.

According to a department release, in one of the scams, a Seneca woman was told she won a new vehicle and $5 million, but in order to claim the winnings, she had to purchase loadable MoneyPak credit cards from Casey's General Store. The resident was called back and asked for the numbers on the back of the card to access the cash from the card.

Seneca police are working on a case where a resident lost about $27,000 through the scam, Chief Ray Meglan reported. According to the report, these types of scams are difficult for police to investigate because scammers rent out offices in short stints and also use Magic Jack phones, which are difficult to trace.

Another scam being reported is scammers calling residents and acting as investigators or officers who tell the residents they are behind in their taxes or owe money and if they don't pay, they will have a warrant issued for their arrest.

The people making the calls have been reported as using vulgar language and threatening the lives of the people they're calling if they say they don't owe money. Meglan said residents should hang up with these kinds of phone calls and not answer if they are called back.

The department is also reminding residents that if residents receive a phone call about winning money and are asked for money, it's a scam. Victims of these types of fraud are encouraged to report it to their local police department or fill out a complaint through the Illinois Attorney General's office.

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