Police are warning the community about fake fundraisers, some of which were spotted near businesses along Route 31 and Blake Road in McHenry, stealing money during candy sale transactions. | Photo: Google Street View

Police are warning about suspects posing as fundraisers for organizations who have been stealing large sums of money from people in McHenry and Crystal Lake.

The McHenry Police Department said Thursday they have been made aware of subjects selling candy over the last few days.

The subjects have been claiming they are fundraising for the Better Boys Club in Chicago.

They take payment via debit card while alleging that cash and credit cards are not accepted.

Instead of charging the agreed $4-$9 for the candy, they will charge $1,500 to the person’s debit card.

Police say they have been in contact with the Better Boys Club, which confirmed they do not have a candy fundraiser in the McHenry area.

Residents have reported seeing the scammers outside businesses along Route 31, including the Meijer, Aldi, Jimmy John’s and McHenry Commons.

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Those in McHenry who wish to report suspicious solicitors or to file a report if they have been a victim of the scam are asked to call 815-363-2200.

On Friday, the Crystal Lake Police Department issued an alert warning about the same situation occurring in Crystal Lake.

Individuals are falsely claiming to represent the Building Brighter Futures Center for the Arts.

They are selling candy, initially priced at a few dollars, and charge the person’s debit card for more than the agreed-upon amount, police said.

Building Brighter Futures Center for the Arts confirmed to police they do not send people to conduct such sales.

“Stay vigilant, verify, and report any suspicious activity. Protect yourself from potential scams!” the Crystal Lake Police Department said.