Two men have been charged with taking part in a months-long debit card scam in which they pretended to be part of a school scholarship program to get victims to divulge personal information.
Tyler Taylor, 19, of the 2200 block of Ezra Avenue in Zion; and Alaye Banks, 18, of the 13100 block of Yorkshire Lane in Beach Park, are charged with attempted deceptive practices and deceptive practices, according to Waukegan police.
Police were alerted to the ongoing scam when a citizen was contacted via social media about an chance to get thousands of dollars in scholarship money, a statement from police said. To qualify, the victims had to turn over the number and PIN of their Chase Bank debit card.
The men would deposit fraudulent checks and withdraw the cash hours later, leaving the victims to pay the shortage and overdraft fees, Waukegan Police Sgt. Cory Kelly said.
The citizen set up a meeting with Taylor, as instructed, and both men were taken into custody by undercover officers when the citizen handed over the debit card, the statement said.
Police say Taylor and Banks admitted to collecting cards from about 15 people in the northern suburbs.
Bond has been set at $25,000 each, and they are scheduled to appear in court on March 24.