Police: Phone scammers pretend to be from Walgreens pharmacy

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

NILES, Ill. (WLS) -- Multiple suburban Niles residents have reported receiving bogus calls from someone pretending to be a Walgreens pharmacy employee, police said Tuesday.

The calls come from several area codes, police said. Several included the 402 area code. The callers' numbers may look legitimate via caller ID, but are an actual different number, Niles police said.

The caller identified themselves at being from the Walgreens pharmacy and says, "We are attempting to verify information for a pending prescription."

If the potential victim continues on the call, they will ask for driver's license information, social security information, insurance information and any other personal identifiers.

This type of scam is called "phishing," and aims to obtain personal information for identity theft or insurance fraud purposes, police said.

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