Two men are in custody connected to a large identity theft plot. The US Secret Service arrested the men, who are accused installing a skimming device on an ATM machine and stealing money from 300 Lake St. Louis residents.
Officials say Arman Simonyan and Vahe Akopyan were arrested in November 15 in Omaha, Nebraska. The suspects were found with ovr $140,000 in cash, several thousand dollars worth of gift cards and other evidence in the case.
Police say a skimming device could have been used at more than one location to record the victims’ account information.
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - The chief federal judge in southern Illinois is warning citizens not to fall for a telephone scam involving jury duty and possible identity theft.
U.S. District Judge David Herndon says the caller poses as a court official and threatens prosecution for shirking jury duty. The caller then tries to extract confidential data from the call's recipient.
Herndon warns the calls don't involve actual court officials, are bogus and could be used for identity theft and fraud if the person called divulges such things as his or her Social Security or credit card numbers.
The judge adds federal courts don't require anyone to provide sensitive information by telephone, with most legitimate contact taking place by mail.
Herndon urges anyone who gets such a call to notify the local federal court clerk.