Police warn of scammer posing as inspector, targeting downtown businesses

CHICAGO (SCS) — Chicago police are warning downtown businesses about a scam artist posing as an inspector.

In the first incident, a man walked into the Kilwin’s Ice Cream Shop on the 300 block of South Michigan Avenue on Wednesday.

He told the employees he was there to inspect the carbon monoxide detectors.

The staff let him in and gave him $170 for the bogus inspection.

Police said a similar scam happened two days later on the 100 block of North Michigan Avenue.

What you can do, according to the CPD:

  • Be aware of this crime and alert nearby businesses.
  • Watch out for suspicious people loitering in the area.
  • Have and maintain a functioning surveillance system.
  • If video surveillance is available, save a copy of the incident for detectives.
  • Dial 911 immediately and provide a detailed description of any suspicious person, including any vehicle description and license plate information.


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