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One other household scammed after logging into Cook dinner County courtroom listening to on Zoom

CHICAGO (CBS) — Households maintain getting ripped off once they go browsing to Cook dinner County courtroom hearings by means of Zoom. Family members suppose they’re paying to get inmates launched from custody, solely to find con artists have scammed them out of hundreds of {dollars}.

A few of those that have been duped informed CBS 2’s Jermont Terry what they need achieved.

Rip-off victims need some accountability from these right here on the Leighton Legal Courthouse. They can not perceive how scammers are nonetheless in a position to go online and rip individuals off.

In a single latest case, scammers posed as an assistant state’s legal professional.

“It is hurtful. It is like a knife has been caught in my coronary heart,” Sushi Staples stated.

She and her brother-in-law are livid to know they fell sufferer to a rip-off.

“I informed my husband he was coming dwelling, and he is not,” Staples stated.

In Might, her husband was in Cook dinner County courtroom for an appeals listening to. After logging, on she realized their paid legal professional was a no-show. That is when she received a message within the chatroom.

“An assistant state’s legal professional messaged me on zoom, and stated, ‘Hey, what case are you right here for?'”  she stated.

She believed she was messaging with somebody from the Cook dinner County State’s Legal professional’s.

She stated she felt comfy “as a result of the assistant state’s legal professional’s image was there. His identify was there.”

“He stated, ‘Effectively, here is the lawyer that is stepping in for him. Sign off. Name this quantity, and he’ll be capable to help you with case,” Staples added.

When she referred to as quantity, the particular person on different finish was convincing.

“They knew that he was on his post-conviction and he was up for attraction,” Staples stated.

The caller satisfied her that, after 15 years behind bars for homicide, Keith Pikes was getting out. Receipts present she despatched cash by way of Zelle for simply over $6,000 for launch that by no means occurred.

Final month, one other lady misplaced $500 at a bond listening to, when somebody utilizing the identical Zelle account scammed her.

“I simply thought it was simply us, after which I noticed your story, and it was any person else,” stated Keith Pikes’ brother, Johnell.

Now this household is left questioning why and the way is that this nonetheless occurring.

The workplace of Cook dinner County Chief Choose Timothy Evans oversees the Zoom hyperlinks, and stated a warning on its internet web page makes it clear by no means to pay by way of on-line apps, and warns of the rip-off. However is that sufficient?

“They defiantly want higher web safety in the event that they gonna maintain the zoom,” Johnell Pikes stated.

“What number of occasions does it need to occur for them to do one thing about it? Why are nonetheless in Zoom anyhow?” Staples stated.

They query if the courts care in regards to the toll the rip-off is having on everybody.

“The inmates are solely shedding … they’re getting emotional injury. Their households are getting monetary and emotional injury,” Johnell Pikes stated.

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