Fake ‘city inspector’ is scamming business owners, Chicago police say

Chicago police are warning about a scam artist who poses as a city worker to bilk North Side businesses out of cash.

The man seen in these images entered a business in the 6400 block of North Sheridan around 11:15 a.m. on December 13 and claimed to be an inspector who was checking on a gas leak, according to a CPD community alert.

This man poses as a city worker to scam businesses out of money, according to a Chicago police alert. | Chicago Police Department

Police said the man spent time walking around inside the business and then demanded payment for “services” while claiming to be a City of Chicago employee.

On Tuesday, the Oak Lawn Patch reported that the man posed as an electrical inspector and stole a cash box from a bar in the suburb.

People with information about the man can call Area Three detectives at 312-744-8263 regarding case #JF-508874

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