Numerous attempted phone and text scams have been reported in Palos Park the past few weeks, police said.

PALOS PARK, IL — An elderly woman withdrew several thousand dollars to bail her “granddaughter” out of jail and then handed over the money to a person sent to collect it, Palos Park police said

The call came on Monday from a young female posing as the woman’s granddaughter, who said she was being held by Chicago police on various charges and needed bond money immediately.

“She was given a variety of reasons why she shouldn’t contact police,” said Chief Joe Miller, of the Palos Park Police Department.

The woman went to her bank, where she withdrew money. She met a man near her home who was sent to collect it and handed him $6,000. Police said the man was wearing a surgical mask. She quickly realized she had been scammed and contacted police.

“Remember, Illinois now has cashless bail,” Chief Joe Miller said. “Our investigators are following up and canvassing the area for video and other digital evidence.”

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