PALOS PARK, Ill. (SUN TIMES MEDIA WIRE) - Police in southwest suburban Palos Park are warning residents of phone scammers posing as FBI agents looking for information on a crime.
Someone posing as an agent called a woman and said her rental car had been used in various crimes in Texas, including identity theft, Palos Park police said.
The woman had never been to Texas or rented a car, but wanted to help with the investigation and engaged the caller several times, police said.
She provided her bank account information, social security number and a copy of her driver's license when the caller said "Maryland State Police" were involved and needed her information, police said.
"If you get a call or an email unexpectedly from someone who claims they are informing you of an emergency or family needing money immediately, beware, there's a good chance this is an imposter trying to steal your money," Palos Park Police Chief Joe Miller said.