Police are sending out another warning to people who use social media to post information about their whereabouts.
A woman nearly fell victim to a cyberscam after she said her activity on the website Yelp made her an easy target.
“She posted that she was going to this store. Someone, a person unknown to us, a scam artist, monitored her movements that day and everything she put on her iPhone,” Franklin Park Police Chief Don Dorsch said.
The woman said she wrote on Yelp that she was trying out a business at Franklin Village. While she was there, a scam artist called the business and asked to talk to her.
“The called started asking for personal information – credit card numbers, Social Security numbers and other personal information,” Dorsch said.
The woman said the scammer first said she won a prize, then said she was part of an opinion poll.
“She hung up on these people, but there are people who are out there using the Internet monitoring people’s whereabouts,” Dorsch said.
Authorities said the call was traced to an international number that had been reported for scam calls in the past.
Police said they’re hoping the newest warning will serve as a reminder to others that posting too much personal information on social media is not a good idea.