Police warn residents of possible mail scam
By Elburn Herald
on May 8, 2009
Several residents recently notified the Sugar Grove police of a possible scam using the United States mail.
The residents told officers they received through the mail what appeared to be an official notice regarding a package they were to claim. Both notices, from the same company, were made to look like they were from the United Postal Service or United States Postal Service.
â€œThey believed it was suspicious,â€ Sugar Grove police investigator John Sizer said. â€œI agreed with them.â€
The notices stated that the package awaiting them had a value of $50. Enclosed instructions directed them to call an 800 number and use their credit card number to pay a processing and delivery fee of $6.95.
Upon closer inspection, it was apparent that the notices were not from an official source, Sizer said. There was even a disclaimer in small print on the U.S. Postal Service document stating that it was not a government document.
Sizer said that residents should never give out any personal information or credit card numbers to anyone making an unsolicited request for the information.
â€œYou don’t know who you’re dealing with,â€ he said. â€œIf it looks too good to be true, it probably is.â€