Oswego police warned residents to be wary after bogus emails were sent out in the name of the Kendall County PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) executive director asking for money.
The email, which purported to be from Anne Engelhardt, claimed the executive director had been mugged while on a trip to the Philippines, saying it was an emergency and asking recipients to send money.
It was all a hoax by some unscrupulous fraudster, according to police.
"Oswego Police are happy to report that the executive director has not in fact been mugged and is still in the country," police said in a message posted on Facebook. "Any generous donations from the general public to the local PAD shelter SHOULD NOT be wired to Manila."