A 14-year-old girl lost hundreds of dollars of her aunt’s money to a scam artist at a Lincoln Park ATM on Sunday afternoon, police said. No one is in custody.
The aunt sent her niece to make a withdrawal at Citibank, 2555 North Clark, around 2:50 p.m., according to a police report. While the girl was in the ATM area, a man that she does not know entered, began pressing buttons on a different machine, and asked the girl if she knew how to use the devices, a CPD spokesperson said.
She said “no” and the man began pressing buttons on the girl’s ATM, claiming that he was going to deposit a check into her account and that she could give him the value of the check in cash.
He then thanked the girl and handed her some cash, which he took back and then walked away.
Police said the girl was confused by the man and reported the incident to her aunt, who notified police. A receipt from the ATM showed the offender took several hundred dollars from the victim’s account.
The girl said the scammer was a black man in his late 20’s who has a gold “grill” on his lower teeth. He stands 6’2” tall, wore a blue and gold camouflage-style shirt, and was last seen southbound on Clark Street.