Thursday, July 31, 2014

Elderly Man Gets Scammed By Phony IRS Agent, Loses $13,000 in One Day

The following crime did not occur on Chicago's Southwest Side.

It occurred in southwest suburban Palos Park on Thursday, July 31.

But it could have easily happened on the Southwest Side.

Our thanks to Palos Park Police Chief Joe Miller (a Southwest Chicago Post reader), who shared it with us as an important cautionary tale.


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At about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, a Palos Park senior
citizen receives a phone call from a man who identifies himself as "Jack Copper" and claims to be an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agent (but in reality is not). The victim's caller ID display showed 1-800-829-1040, an actual IRS phone number (but in reality, it was being spoofed by the con artist). 


"Jack Copper" tells the victim that he is delinquent on his taxes since 2001-06 and owes $4,400 to the government. "Lose your house or pay your debt," the authentic sounding (but fake) "IRS agent" tells the victim.

So the victim goes to a nearby Marquette Bank location with instructions to obtain a Green Dot Money Pak card and then share the card numbers with "Jack Copper."

In the end, the elderly victim lost about $13,000 of his own money.
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In the wake of the crime, Chief Miller has once again shared some good advice:


Tax Scams

Don't fall victim to tax scams. Remember — if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.


Phony Arguments

No matter how some things are sliced, they're still baloney. If someone tells you that you don't have to pay taxes, check out The Truth About Frivolous Tax Arguments. This IRS.gov exclusive addresses some of the more common false "legal" arguments made by those opposed to compliance with the federal tax laws. Each contention is briefly explained, followed by a discussion of the legal authority that rejects the contention. The second section deals with frivolous arguments encountered in collection due process cases. The final section illustrates penalties imposed on those pursuing frivolous cases.

Identity Theft Scams

The IRS has issued several consumer warnings about the fraudulent use of the IRS name or logo by scamsters trying to gain access to consumers’ financial information in order to steal their identity and assets. Scamsters will use the regular mail, telephone, fax or email to set up their victims. When identity theft takes place over the Internet (email), it is called phishing.

The IRS does not initiate taxpayer communications through email. Unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS, or from an IRS-related component such as EFTPS, should be reported to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov.  within an unsolicited email claiming to come from the IRS may download a malicious computer virus onto your computer.

Learn more about identity theft.  Learn how to protect your personal information. You may also report instances of IRS-related phishing attempts and fraud to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484.  Reporting Tax-Related Schemes, Scams, Identity Theft and Fraud.

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"Super Sale" is Extended at Archer BP! Big Savings on Milk, Coffee, Pop, More!


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** A clean facility with friendly, helpful employees.

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** Plenty of ice as we head into hot weather.

** A wide range of cigarettes, Illinois lottery tickets, and so much more.

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Two ways to save: print out and clip the coupons below, or simply go to swchicagopost.com on your Smartphone, show the coupons when you visit the station and save right then and there!

Either way, please stop by and visit Archer BP--your neighborhood gas station, conveniently located at Archer and Oak Park!



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Southwest Side Neighborhood Calendar


Wednesday, August 6th CAPS Beat 815/821 Meeting
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at St. Bruno School (south entrance), 4839 South Harding. Monthly meeting. Open to the public. Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 815 or 821 (see map), attend this meeting! Hear updates on crime in your neighborhood and learn how you can work with neighbors and police to make the community safer and better for all.



Thursday, August 7th CAPS Beat 834 Meeting
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at Bogan High School, 3939 West 79th Street. Monthly meeting. Open to the public. Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 834 (see map), attend this meeting! Hear updates on crime in your neighborhood and learn how you can work with neighbors and police to make the community safer and better for all.


Friday, August 8th St. Rene School Open House, Outdoor Movie
Open house runs from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the school, 63rd and New England. Outdoor film starts at 8:15 p.m. For details, click here.

Wednesday, August 13th CAPS Beat 812 Meeting
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at the Clearing Branch Library, 6423 West 63rd Place. Monthly meeting. Open to the public. Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 812 (see map), attend this meeting! Hear updates on crime in your neighborhood and learn how you can work with neighbors and police to make the community safer and better for all.


Thursday, August 14th CAPS Beat 814 Meeting
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at Vittum Park, 5010 West 50th Street. Monthly meeting. Open to the public. Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 814 (see map), attend this meeting! Hear updates on crime in your neighborhood and learn how you can work with neighbors and police to make the community safer and better for all.



Monday, August 18th Historical Hauntings
Starts at 6:00 p.m. at the Clearing Branch Library, 6423 West 63rd Place. Free admission. Sponsored by the Clear-Ridge Historical Society.  Program will examine hauntings throughout the years on the South Side and southwest suburbs. Paranormal enthusiast/investigator Bob Trzeciak, a Summit resident, will lead a presentation on Resurrection Mary, Bachelor’s Grove and much more. Bob gives local tours and lectures based upon his experiences and those of credible eyewitnesses. He has been seen on local cable channels as well as doing his own radio show “Paranormal Radio” on
www.windycityhometown.com For more information on the event,  call Rob at the library, (312) 747-5657.


Monday, August 18th Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch
Starts at 7:00 p.m. outdoors at Normandy Park, 6660 West 52nd Street.
Monthly meeting. Open to the public. One of Chicago's most active and effective citizen-led crime fighting groups. If you live or own a business in central or western Garfield Ridge (anything west of Central Avenue), this is the group to join! Guest speaker this month is CPD Eighth District Commander James O'Donnell.


Tuesday, August 19th CAPS Beat 811 Meeting

Starts at 7:00 p.m. at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 5550 South Merrimac. Monthly meeting. Open to the public. Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 811 (see map), attend this meeting! Hear updates on crime in your neighborhood and learn how you can work with neighbors and police to make the community safer and better for all.


Saturday, August 23rd Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch Sell-A-Bration

Runs from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the west parking lot of Kennedy High School, 56th and Narragansett. Come on out, find a few bargains, and see some fun and quirky items from the closets, attics, basements and garages of Garfield Ridge! Crafters may also be on hand to sell their creations. Want to reserve table space? Check out garfieldridgenw.com for details.



Tuesday, August 26th CAPS Beat 813/833 Meeting
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at West Lawn Park, 4233 West 65th Street. Monthly meeting. Open
to the public. Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 813 or 833 (see map), attend this meeting! Hear updates on crime in your neighborhood and learn how you can work with neighbors and police to make the community safer and better for all.

Wednesday, August 27th Midway Garden Society
Starts at 6:00 p.m. at the Clearing Branch Library, 6423 West 63rd Place. Runs until
8:00 p.m. Monthly meeting. The Society hosts guest speakers and also conducts plant exchanges, publishes a newsletter, stages an annual Urban Garden Walk every summer, and works to make the Midway area a more beautiful and peaceful place by encouraging gardening among people of all ages. Check them out!

Wednesday, September 3rd Vittum Park Civic League
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at Vittum Park, 5010 West 50th Street. Monthly meeting. Open to the public. If you live in or own a business in Vittum Park, stop by and get active!


Wednesday, September 10th Archer Heights Civic Association
Starts at 7:30 p.m. at the UNO Veterans Memorial Campus, 47th and Kildare. One of Chicago's oldest and most effective neighborhood organizations--more than 75 years of fighting for a better neighborhood! If you live in and/or own a business in Archer Heights, this is the group to join and get active with. Hear updates on a wide range of community concerns and learn how you can help build a better Archer Heights for everyone.

Wednesday, September 10th Honor Flight Chicago
Held in the evening at the first-floor baggage claim area of Midway Airport, 57th and
Cicero. Want to join hundreds of other people to applaud, cheer, whistle and shout your thanks to World War II veterans returning from a day in Washington, D.C.? Well, please do! Patriotic, pep rally-like atmosphere. The vets usually arrive at about 9-9:30 p.m., but to get a good spot in the cheering throng, you should arrive at about 7-7:30 p.m., Entire event hosted by the Honor Flight Chicago organization, which gives Chicago-area military veterans (primarily World War II) free round-trip air transportation (as well as VIP treatment) to Washington, D.C. to tour the National World War II Memorial. Chick here to read a story about an Honor Flight Chicago participant. Can't make this event? After this just one more Honor Flight coming this year: October 29.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

St. Rene School Sets Open House, Outdoor Movie Night for August 8th


Just sharing some information from our friends at St. Rene Goupil School.

Looks like fun. Mark your calendars!


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Crime News Update

Editor's note: The crime news reported by the Southwest Chicago Post---taken directly from Chicago Police Department incident reports---is not by any means an exhaustive catalogue of all crime reported in the Chicago Lawn (8th) District. For example, it typically does not include news of crimes committed in the eastern and southern sectors of the district---because the Southwest Chicago Post's coverage area is primarily the neighborhoods that border Midway Airport and secondarily because including the relatively large volume of crime news from elsewhere in the district would be a logistical challenge. We make this note to offer a little helpful perspective and remind everyone that while crime is definitely a concern in all parts of the district (as it always has been), crime remains relatively low overall in Sector 1. May all of us work together diligently to keep it that way. May all of us also remember that a person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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The FBI and other law enforcement agencies continue to investigate a strong-arm robbery of the BMO Harris Bank at 6400 S. Pulaski at 12:40 p.m. Thursday, July 24.


According to authorities, the robber handed a teller a note that read, "Give me $50,000 in hundreds."

The teller responded by handing over a stack of $100 bills. When the criminal demanded more, she gave him stacks of $50s and $20s.

A bank security guard said the robber fled out the front door, running west on 64th Street before jumping into the passenger seat of a silver Pontiac, when then sped north on Komensky.

Officials said that the robber dropped his red baseball cap and stick-up note at the scene.

He is described as a black man age 22-30, 6'0 to 6'4 and 160-230 pounds, brown eyes, black dreadlocks, medium complexion, with a birth mark on the left side of his face, wearing tan shorts and a multi-colored top.


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A 21-year-old West Lawn man said by police to be an admitted gangbanger was arrested and
Arthur R. Beristain
charged with burglary and criminal trespass to land, after he allegedly was seen rummaging through a car near 62nd
 and Keating.

Arthur R. Beristain of 62nd and Kilpatrick was apprehended by police after a foot chase at 3:57 a.m. Wednesday, July 23.

Bond was set at $30,000, and Beristain was scheduled to appear in Cook County Circuit Court Branch 48, 155 W. 51st St., on Wednesday, July 30.


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Burglars broke into the Chuangyi Metals warehouse, 3939 S. Karlov, and stole a forklift valued at $15,000 and a front loader valued at $20,000.

The crime occurred at about 8:20 p.m. Wednesday, July 23. A short time later, the same burglars used the forklift to steal six pallets of boxed pedestal fans from a warehouse at 4500 W. 47th St., according to a police incident report. In all, 384 fans were stolen, with a total value of $10,000.

The criminals gained access to the warehouse by smashing their way through a loading dock door. Police said they were reviewing surveillance video.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 815 or 821 (see map), come to St. Bruno School (south entrance) at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 6. Hear updates on crime in your neighborhood and learn how you can work with neighbors and police to make the community safer and better for all.


A 34-year-old woman was stabbed by a robber in the backyard of her home near 50th and Kenneth.

The victim told police that she saw a man sitting in her yard at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 22. He reportedly stabbed her with a switchblade knife as he said, "Give me your f~cking purse, b~tch."

He fled on foot with the purse, and the victim was transported by ambulance to Christ Hospital, where she was listed in stable condition.

She described the attacker as a Hispanic man age 35-45, 5’6 to 5’7, medium complexion, wearing a black baseball cap and dark blue shorts.

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A thug tried but failed to steal money from two clerks at Family Dollar, 5016 S. Cicero.

According to the 29-year-old store manager, the offender handed a note to a clerk at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 20. The note read, "All your money now, or die."

The clerk passed the note to the manager, who immediately kicked a safe door closed. The robber fled the store, running through the parking lot and then west on 50th Street. He is described as a black man age 28-33, 6’1 to 6’3 and 220-240 pounds, brown eyes, dark complexion, black braided hair, wearing a black baseball cap, gray t-shirt and blue jeans.

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A 62-year-old Archer Heights man told police he was robbed at gunpoint as he walked down a sidewalk in front of 4854 S. Karlov at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 23.

Stolen was the victim’s brown leather shoulder bag, which contained a wallet, cell phone, credit cards, driver’s license and $50 cash. The robber is described as a Hispanic man age 20-22, 5’6 and 170 pounds, light complexion.

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A 36-year-old man from suburban Worth, who police said described himself as a panhandler who works the 79th and Cicero area, was shot by young men with a BB gun.

The shooting occurred at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 22 at a CTA bus stop in front of 4755 W. 79th Street. The victim could only describe his attackers as Arab males in a white SUV.


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Burglars forced open the front window of a home near 51st and Hamlin and stole a video game console, four gold chains, a tiffany necklace, and $280 cash. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 34-year-old man, when he came home from work at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24.

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Burglars forced open the front window of a home near 63rd and Kilbourn and stole two laptop computers, a desktop computer, a TV, assorted jewelry, two video game consoles, an iPod and $3,300 cash.

The same burglars also allegedly forced open the service door of the garage and stole assorted tools, a bicycle, a battery charger, a generator and an air compressor.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 50-year-old man, when he came home from work at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 23.


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Burglars entered a garage near 53rd and Kolin and stole a snowblower, a circular saw, a jigsaw and a bicycle.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 41-year-old woman, at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 22. There was no sign of forced entry, and she told police she thinks rats may have triggered a motion sensor that raises the overhead door.


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A 90-year-old West Elsdon woman who left a front window open a crack for ventilation when she left her house near 52nd and Hamlin, returned at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 22 to find the premises burglarized and an unknown amount of jewelry missing.


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Burglars broke through a bathroom window of a basement apartment near 49th and Kildare and stole a DVD player and $350 cash.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 29-year-old man, when he came home at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 22.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Letters to the Editor

Editor's note: We respect your opinion and are privileged to share it via this website. All letters to the editor will
be reviewed before being posted. We do allow anonymous comments, yet we will not allow the Southwest Chicago Post to serve as a forum for bigotry of any kind. We also will not allow personal attacks against anyone, including elected officials and other public figures. On this site, all of us need to keep our tone respectful and our criticisms constructive. That's important as we work together to build better Southwest Side neighborhoods for all. So please join the conversation by sending your letter to editor@swchicagopost.com.



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Dear Editor,


I saw your videos, and I think it's sad that you are endorsing Paulino Villarreal for alderman of the 23rd Ward. We need to keep our alderman, Mike Zalewski working for us!

David Olszewski
Garfield Ridge

Editor's reply: The Southwest Chicago Post has not endorsed any political candidates for any office, including for 23rd Ward alderman. We may possibly endorse at some point in the future. But we have definitely not at this point. Our eyes, ears and minds are open.

We covered Paulino Villarreal's announcement of his candidacy for two reasons: first, it's news. Second, we were available to be there and cover it. Nothing more, nothing less.

Covering it as we did, where we basically just let our cameras roll, C-SPAN style, gives candidates a chance to say what they want, and it gives voters a clear view of the candidates, unfiltered by news reporters. The Southwest Chicago Post is the only Southwest Side news organization that does it that way.

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Editor,

Are you going to be accepting political advertising? I hope not. This Quinn-Rauner race is getting uglier every day, and these attacks ads are everywhere. Makes we want to turn off the radio, TV and even the computer.

Ellie Swiderik
West Lawn

Editor's reply: Yes, we do welcome advertising from political candidates, under limited circumstances. Our basic package includes a simple clickable-icon, on the right-hand side of each and every swchicagopost.com page, 24/7. Our upgraded package includes an icon, plus embedded video. That said, we will strive for a balance--in other words, give candidates the exposure they want, yet don't allow political messages to clutter our news content. Candidates who want to advertise should email editor@swchicagopost.com. Southwest Chicago Post readers are Southwest Side men and women who are smart, aware, who are registered to vote and vote, and who are the type of people who typically influence the opinions of others. Campaign dollars spent with the Southwest Chicago Post are well targeted. Candidates who put their trust in mass mailings often don't understand that most of their dollars are wasted because people throw away their message, unread, as junk mail.


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Editor,

Please keep up the good work telling the truth about Mayor Rahm Emanuel. You're the only newspaper on the Southwest Side doing it. I just about get sick to my stomach when I see other neighborhood newspapers running these press statements from Emanuel, word for word, with absolutely no comment. Same thing with Lipinski.

You guys got backbone. Keep it up. Rahm is a disgrace and has got to go in 2015.

John Wilkosz
Garfield Ridge

Editor's reply: Thank you. We typically don't run press releases from politicians. Why? Because they typically don't send them to us in the first place. Why don't they? Because they know we will actually read them and may comment on them, and that commentary may include criticism. An independent neighborhood news organization that uses its head is something many politicians don't want.


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Editor,

I saw what the Eighth District police commander said about the bucket boys. I think it's sad that we pay taxes for police protection, and then the police decide they're not going to enforce the law. These so-called bucket boys are panhandlers disguised as musicians. Maybe we should have the bucket boys play outside the police commander's office and see how he likes it.

Lupe Mendez

Clearing

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Editor,

Thank you for continuing to give us the news about crime in the district. I especially like that you deliver the news when you get it and don't wait for some daily or weekly deadline. I saw a few weeks back that you posted crime news at 3 in the morning! Don't you sleep?

Delores Murphy
Scottsdale

Editor's reply: When you enjoy what you do as much as we do, it's not work. So if it's midnight or later, and we receive a crime-related alert from the Chicago Police Department or Cook County Sheriff, or FBI or anyone--and the information is something useful that the men and women of the Southwest Side may want to know about promptly, we don't roll over and go back to sleep. We're up and on the computer, pulling it together and getting it to you quickly. It's what we do. We're glad you like it. Thank you!


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Friday, July 25, 2014

Sheriff Nabs 36-Year-Old Sleepy Hollow Man in Central Stickney Bar Stabbing

The press release below was just released at 5:19 p.m. today by the Cook County Sheriff''s Office:

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A 36-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder for a stabbing that occurred at a bar in unincorporated Stickney, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart said today.

Jorge Rivera-Camacho, of the 4300 block of South Keating Ave in Chicago, appeared in bond court on
Jorge Rivera-Camacho
Tuesday where he was ordered held in lieu of $750,000 bond.


According to the Sheriff’s Police investigation, at approximately 9:45 p.m. on July 20, Rivera- Camacho got into a verbal argument with another person at a bar in the 4800 block of S. Central Ave. 

The 48-year-old victim intervened and also became involved in the argument with Rivera-Camacho. Rivera-Camacho left the bar, went to a parked vehicle, returned to the bar and continued to argue with the victim. Rivera-Camacho then stabbed the victim once in the chest with a knife, according to the investigation.

Rivera-Camacho fled the bar, but responding Sheriff’s Police officers found him and placed him in custody. Officers also recovered a knife.

The victim was taken to an area hospital for treatment.


Rivera-Camacho’s next court date is scheduled for Aug. 14 at the Bridgeview Courthouse.

Sheriff Dart reminds the public that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.

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