Winnetka Police Warn Against Phone Scam - NBC Chicago

Winnetka Police Warn Against Phone Scam

Cops say to call your bank and phone company immediately



    Fraudsters are calling homes, stealing you phone line and then calling your bank. (Published Friday, Aug. 13, 2010)

    Winnetka Police are warning residents about a scam that's been perpetrated on at least one resident there.

    Here's how it works: Scammers drop a phone call to a private residence and hang up. In the meantime they're able remotely switch the phone service to their own phone.

    The scammer then calls your bank from your phone number and applies for credit.

    In one instance a Winnetka homeowner found that someone had applied for a home equity line in his name.

    Police chief Patrick Kreis says that for this crime to be successful, the victim's identity needs to have already been stolen. Armed with personal information and your phone line the scammers can get just about anything they want. 

    If you fear you're a victim of this crime, Kreis suggests calling your bank and your phone company immediately.