From the Algonquin Police:
Financial Scam Targeting Elderly
The Algonquin Police Department is investigating an incident of fraud, which targets elderly, Spanish speaking victims.
On August 2, 2022 the elderly victim was approached by a male and female, while shopping in a local grocery store.
The male and female conversed with the victim in Spanish, advising the victim that they were from Nicaragua.
The male and female claimed that they had won the lottery, but needed a citizen to claim the prize for them.
During the conversation, the male and female also called an unknown third party, who claimed to work for the lottery and verified the story to the victim.
The male and female then convinced the victim to drive them to her bank in Algonquin and had her withdraw $20,000, which was the price to split the wining lottery ticket.
The investigation revealed that the male and female had approached numerous other elderly persons, all of whom are Spanish speaking, prior to contacting the victim in this incident.
The male and female are described as being very insistent, with engaging the victim in conversation for over fifteen minutes before persuading her to assist them.
The offenders from this incident are believed to have been involved in several similar scams in the Northwestern and Western Suburbs and are believed to have fraudulently obtained over $60,000 from elderly victims.
If you have any information pertaining to the Algonquin incident, please contact Detective Kory Koehler at (847) 658-4531.
If you have been a victim of a similar crime or see the pictured offenders, please contact your local police.