Police warn of Grandparent Scam in area
Aurora police are warning citizens about a recent scam that cost two elderly residents thousands of dollars.
Police said two senior citizens lost over $12,000 recently after falling victim to what is known as the “Grandparent Scam” or “Family Emergency Scam”.
Both of the incidents occurred on March 16. The victims, ages 78 and 82 both received calls from people purporting to be their grandsons who said they had just been arrested and needed money for legal fees. Both men then told the women to call “lawyers” who were representing them and when they did, the “lawyer” demanded they wire him cash. They didn’t find out they were scammed until it was too late, police said.
According to Aurora police, these scams are not all that rare and frequently target grandparents of college students. The scammers are skilled enough to obtain the name of the grandchild either through a different phone call or online. They can find out the same online personal information about the grandparents. Since personal information can also be stolen from computers, the use of anti-virus and anti-spyware software is a must.
Police say do not open email attachments from people you don’t know because they could contain programs that enable crooks to remotely access your computer.
Grandparents finding themselves in a similar situation should try to get hold of their grandchild or the child’s parents to confirm the status of the child before sending any money. Grandparents can also ask a question only their grandchild would know such as the name of a pet, the grandchild’s mother’s birthday or the name of the grandchild’s elementary school.
For more information or concerns of a scam, contact your local police and then file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov/complaint or 1-877-FTC-HELP.
Applicants sought for law enforcement academy
There’s still time for youth ages 14 to 18 to enroll in the Law Enforcement Youth Academy that runs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, June 18 to Aug. 1 at Aurora Police Headquarters.
Participants learn and experience exciting, interactive police and law procedures including a police department tour, evidence collection, mock traffic stops, meetings with county prosecutors, judges and elected officials; getting up close and personal with SWAT members, DEA and FBI agents and more.
There are only a limited number of openings!
For information, call Pam Bradley at the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office, 630-406-7325.
The academy is presented by the APD and Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Community Garage Sale registrations open
Montgomery’s annual Spring Community Garage Sale will take place on May 17th-19th. Each spring nearly 100 homes participate in this community-wide event. Residents can sign up at the Village Hall beginning April 1st. Registration forms also are available at www.ci.montgomery.il.us. The fee to participate will be $10. The garage sale will be advertised in local newspapers and promoted on the Village website and Facebook.
The Village Hall will distribute flyers with a map showing all garage sale locations, plus a 15-word ad for each address describing the items for sale. The map will also be posted on the Village website.
The deadline to be included in the advertising is May 4. For additional information, please call 630-896-8080, ext. 9003.
Recycling event to be held at Public Works facility
The next quarterly recycling event will be held on Saturday, April 21, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Public Works facility, 891 Knell Road off of Route 31.
These events are provided by DC Trash and are only for residential customers of DC Trash who live within the Village of Montgomery and participate in the Village’s waste hauling contract. This does not include businesses, apartment complexes or residents in Boulder Hill or other unincorporated areas.
A photo ID will be required to verify residency.
Televisions of all types, all electronics (basically anything with an electric plug or batteries), metal, rechargeable batteries, and household hazardous waste will be accepted for recycling with no charge.
Household hazardous waste includes pesticides, cleaners, automotive fluids, pool chemicals, oil-based paint, CFL bulbs and weed killer. It does not include latex paint or tires.
Additional quarterly recycling events will take place on the third Saturday of July and October. The July event will also offer paper shredding from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Saw Wee Kee Spring Trail Run
Participate in the first of the Oswego Triple Race Series on Saturday, April 14. Start your spring with a unique trail run through the wilderness. It’s easy on the eyes and the knees with a single-track run through the blooming forest.
The run is a chip timed event with a one hour start window. Runners and walkers can begin anytime between 4 to 5 p.m. This trail run is not open for strollers or dogs. All children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult for the entirety of the approximately three-mile race. Fee includes Trail Run apparel and post-race chili.
Register race day for $60. Athletic event registration is non-refundable.
Fox Bend hosting Project Greenway Fashion Show
Aspiring artists and designers are encouraged to try their hand at recycled fashion during the Project Greenway Fashion Show taking place on Friday, April 20 at Fox Bend Golf Course.
Go “green” this spring with natural or recycled materials in this innovative challenge. Repurpose discarded items into an accessory or go all out and create an outfit to walk down the “greenway” in our Project Greenway Fashion Show.
A panel of judges will critique submitted outfits and award a cash prize to the top look. Email Cori Veverka or call 630.554.4433 for more information. Runway Look entry fee is $10. Accessory entry fee is $5.
Fashion fans who aren’t up for the challenge themselves can hit up the Tent at Fox Bend for the full fashion show experience. Admission includes fashion show, People’s Choice ticket to vote for your favorite design, additional entertainment, and mingling with the designers. Tickets online $5, $2 more at the door.
–Kendall County News Briefs–