CALUMET CITY | Third Ward Alderman Thaddeus Jones says he was overwhelmed by the number of people who expressed sympathy after his email account was used to send messages soliciting money.
The email message in question, which was received by The Times was written in a first-person voice and was meant to make people think that Jones was in need of financial help.
It suggested he was in The Philippines where he was the victim of a scam, and needed people to immediately wire him $2,800 so he could pay his hotel bill, get back his passport (which the hotel was allegedly holding) and return to the United States.
The only problem is Jones has never traveled to the Philippines. At the moment the computer hackers got into his email account, he thinks he was at a City Council meeting.
“I was not in the Philippines,” Jones said, while adding he was touched by the number of people who called him or sent text messages to warn him that someone had tampered with his email account.
Jones said he has since taken measures to fix the problem, although, he tried to take a jovial attitude toward the matter.
“For those of you who didn’t send money, 'shame on you,'" Jones said.
On a separate matter, the City Council gave its support to a resolution praising the work of Edward Gonzalez.
Gonzalez was alderman of the 1st Ward from 1999 until 2011, when he retired from that post to take on a newly created inspector general position for city government. His retirement from that post took effect June 30.
Gonzalez was not on hand to see the council support the resolution praising his public service. Having lived in Calumet City since 1987, the 58-year-old Gonzalez had worked as a special agent with the Illinois State Police until his retirement from law enforcement in 2009.