Naperville Police to Educate Residents on Recognizing Scams

National trend shows more young people are falling victim to fraud making this message critical for all ages

The Naperville Police Department will host two scam awareness and prevention presentations as part of the department’s commitment to make Naperville “A Safer Naper” through education.

Presentations will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive, and Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St.

In 2017, Americans were defrauded of $905 million, according to the Federal Trade Commission. A national trend, however, indicates that more young people are falling victim to frauds and scams than older citizens. According to a Better Business Bureau report, Americans ages 18 to 34 were more susceptible to scams (43.7% were victims) than Americans 55 and older (27.6% were victims) in 2017.

In next week’s scam awareness and prevention presentations, Naperville Police will address various scams being reported in the Naperville area, and educate participants on the best ways to safeguard their personal information and reduce the risk of victimization. Presenters will also be available to answer questions.

“Scammers can be very convincing and will often play on a victim’s emotions or fears to get them to pay. Educating yourself on what to look for is crucial,” said Deputy Chief Kathy Anderson. “Our detectives and crime prevention specialists are extremely knowledgeable on how thieves get their hands on people’s hard-earned money, and we’re eager to get this message out to residents so they can easily spot a scam and avoid being victimized.”

“A Safer Naper” is a year-long campaign of the Naperville Police Department that features a new safety theme each month to educate residents on how to prevent crime and enhance their safety. For more information, visit www.naperville.il.us/asafernaper.


About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.