A Palos-area man fell victim to a scammer on the telephone promising federal grant money, police said.
The victim received a call from a stranger claiming he had qualified for a $9,200 federal grant, Palos Hills police said.
All the Palos Hills man had to do was buy $350 gift card from Walmart and give him the number to the caller.
Police said the victim did as instructed and then got another phone call claiming $628 needed to be wired in order to finally secure the grant money. He skipped on making the wire transfer and, instead, called police on Sept. 4.