URBANA (AP) – Police say someone took more than $4,000 from a new University of Illinois student who had just arrived in Chicago from China.
University of Illinois police Sgt. Tom Geis said the 18-year-old student was looking for a bus to the Urbana-Champaign campus after arriving at O’Hare International Airport on Aug. 20. The student was approached by a man who said the bus wouldn’t come for hours but offered to drive the student for $1,000.
Some bus services advertise fares of less than $30 for the trip.
Geis told The News-Gazette in Champaign that the two drove to Urbana. The driver then handed the student a handwritten bill for $4,800. The students paid the man all he had, about $4,240. The student also left his cellphone behind.