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Police: Resident Loses $1,129 in Phone Scam, Bedding Stolen and More

The following items are from the Wheaton Police Department.

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Someone stole $150 in cash from a building in the 500 block of Carlton Avenue Monday, March 5. Police said the back door of the building was ajar when they responded to an alarm around 9:30 p.m. They searched the building but found no one.

A resident in the 2000 block of Golfview Court in Wheaton reported a phone scam after he wired more than $1,000 via Western Union to India Friday, March 2. According to the police report the resident received a call from an unknown number around noon from someone who told him he was entitled to a tax refund of $7,000. To secure the money, the caller told him to send a security deposit of $1,099, plus a $30 processing fee through Western Union. When he followed the instructions and never received the tax refund, he realized the call was a ruse, police said. The resident lost a total of $1,129, police said.

Someone stole bedding from a dryer at the College Coin Laundromat in the 1000 block of College Avenue between 5:30 and 7 p.m. Friday, March 2. According to the police report someone stole a customer’s bedding, worth $100.

Someone shattered the glass of a vending machine at Wheaton College, in the 500 block of Franklin Street, to steal a snack between 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 and 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. The cost of damage is $300, police said.

Michael Dwells March 14, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Wow! $1,129 is a lot of money. I'd hate to lose money that much, especially to a disgusting scammer. I guess it's okay to hang up when you get suspicious calls. The more you stay with them longer on the phone, The bigger chance you give them to convince you. I've read about a similar advice posted at this consumer complaint site Callercenter.com when I reported a telemarketer phone number.

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