Police warn of parking fine phone scam in Naperville

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(NAPERVILLE) Police are warning Naperville residents about phone scammers claiming to work for the city and trying to collect money for parking fines.

Residents have reported multiple instances of people calling claiming to work for the City of Naperville and trying to collect fines for overdue parking tickets, according to a statement from Naperville police. The callers often threaten victims with arrest if they don’t pay.

The scammers instruct victims to purchase prepaid MoneyPaks or Green Dot cards from local stores and give out the PINs to the cards over the phone, police said. The caller can then transfer the victim’s money from the prepaid card to another account.

Police said the callers sometimes “spoof” their caller ID number to make it look like the call is coming from an official city line.

The City of Naperville does not solicit payments for overdue fines over the phone and will never ask for payment with prepaid cards, police said.

Anybody with information about the calls is asked to contact police at (630) 420-6666.

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