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1/3/2013 (2 years ago)

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Kids stealing cell phones in Chicago area.

Police are warning Chicago residents of a new cell-phone scam that's leaving people without their phones. Although the operation is not particularly sophisticated, a string of robberies has police on the lookout.

Expensive cell phones are likely targets, however any phone is subject to theft.

Expensive cell phones are likely targets, however any phone is subject to theft.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

1/3/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: cell phone scam, theft, Chicago


CHICAGO, IL (Catholic Online) - It reads like an urban legend, however police insist the crime is real. A group of three or four males, aged 14-25, have been working together to steal cell phones.

The scam reportedly works in two ways. In the first, a scammer finds a victim who has left their cell phone at the edge of a table. The scammer approaches the victim and places a flier on the table, soliciting donations for a youth basketball team.

While soliciting, the scammer picks up the phone under the flyer and exits the restaurant.

In the second version of the scam, one person simply asks a waiter for a glass of water and while staff are distracted, they snatch a vulnerable phone and run. Not particularly sophisticated.

The scammers have been seen getting into a tan sedan.

Police ask victims not to pursue the robbers, but simply to call 911.

Meanwhile, watch where you leave your phone!

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