HIGHLAND PARK (WWJ) — Hundreds of people poured into the streets of Highland Park on Saturday under the impression they would receive two things — a house within the city and $100,000.

The promise turned out to be a scam created by someone passing out fliers that stated residents would receive the money and a house if they showed up to city hall on July 4.

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Mayor Hubert Yopp told WWJ Newsradio 950 that the man had been passing out copies of a phony notice from the 1800s.

“Querying some of the bystanders I found out that they said that this man…had a document from the 1800s that entitled them to homes in Highland Park,” Yopp said.

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Several people were arrested during the gathering.

“Very few people that I noticed [were] from Highland Park,” Yopp said. “The dominant figure — about 90 percent — was from surrounding communities or not from this city.”

More information will be released by Highland Park officials on Tuesday.

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