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Northwest Side Scammers Offer To Repair Car Damage Then Force Victims To Pay Large Amount Of Money, Police Say

At least four people have been scammed since the end of February, police said.

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CHICAGO — Men are pretending to offer car repairs and then scamming victims on the Northwest Side, police said.

The incidents have happened four times since the end of February. Victims were driving when a group of men pulled up beside them and offered to repair the victims’ damaged cars, according to a Chicago Police community alert.

The men claimed they knew the victims from past visits to a car dealership, but they then demanded cash from the victims and convinced the victims to go to the bank and get money, police said.

The scams occurred:

  • 12:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in the 6100 block of North Northwest Highway
  • 1 p.m. March 1 in the 3600 block of North Harlem Avenue
  • 5:35 p.m. March 5 in the 3900 block of West Irving Park Road
  • 12:05 p.m. March 6 in the 6100 block of North Northwest Highway

The scammers described as one to three men who are 35-55 years old, police said.

Anyone with information about the incidents was asked to call police at 312-744-8263.