Coronavirus: Buffalo Grove Police Warn About Financial Scams

Drew Zimmerman

This article originally appeared on the Buffalo Grove Patch

BUFFALO GROVE — Following the U.S. Senate's passage of a $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package, the Buffalo Grove Police Department is warning residents about phone scams seeking personal or banking information. Emails or phone calls may state that there is a cure, request charitable contributions or advertise coronavirus test kits. These messages should be immediately discarded, according to a release from the department.

“While this crisis is devastating in itself, thieves and criminals continue to try and exploit
innocent people,” Buffalo Grove Chief Steven Casstevens said in a news release. “These federal funds are meant to assist Americans in a time of need, not to be stolen and re-routed to benefit criminal activity.”

Attempts to steal personal informatiom can come in the form of a thief posing as a representative from a federal agency asking for identification information or emails requiring a person to enter their social security number for “verification” and more. Those interested in donating should perform diligent research before sending money or provisions.

Buffalo Grove police could not immediately be reached for comment.

In response to the growing threat of the coronavirus pandemic, a stay at home order issued by Gov. JB Pritzker will be in effect through April 7. For more information, visit https://www.fbi.gov/coronavirus