Attorney General Chris Koster says his consumer protection hotline has received several reports of phone callers claiming to be from a power company and demanding money to avoid disconnecting their service.
The scam artist pretended to be from the Archdiocese of St. Louis and asked people if they would like to donate to Typhoon Haiyan relief.
Five people from New York had a very lucrative scheme until it was discovered by some alert police officers in Maryland Heights.
Police say over the past few days three Maplewood businesses have received a called from a person claiming to be from the electric company.
“I think we’re going to see fake websites, I think we’re going to see slick mailers,” warns Joe Bindbeutal, the office’s Consumer Protection Division Chief Counsel.
Sentencing is Jan. 9 for 46-year-old Theresa Moore, who pleaded guilty Wednesday to four felony fraud charges in U.S. District Court in St. Louis.
Police say the elderly woman believed the callers who said her grandson was behind bars in Peru and needed money wired in several installments to get him out.
It happened late last month when the 83-year-old victim walked into a Walmart and was met by a woman who said her job was to help elderly shoppers.
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s office launched a new campaign to help people avoid investment scams, that seem to be on the rise due to the poor economy.
The scam generally works like this: people find or steal animals and then list them on Craigslist under “Found Pets” to land some quick cash, often used to buy drugs.