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Oswego

Oswego resident out $10,000 in telephone scam

Victim told to purchase gift cards to avoid legal trouble

Oswego police are investigating an incident in which a 69 year-old village resident was scammed out of $10,000.

Police said the victim reported to them Feb. 8 that she had received a phone call at 8 p.m. Feb. 5 from a male subject posing as a sergeant with the Kendall County Sheriff's Office. Police said the caller told the victim that she was in legal trouble and needed to clear up the matter to prevent warrants being issued for her arrest.

Police said the caller then told the victim she needed to purchase and activate numerous $500 gift cards and provide the information over the phone to avoid legal trouble.

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