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Twp of Washington Fire Department Warns Residents that They Do Not Solicit Money By Phone

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Twp.of Washington NJ, Twp of Washington Fire Deptartment issues a “Scam Alert”.

The Twp of Washington Fire Department has been notified that residents of the Twp of Washington have received phone calls from someone saying that they are a member of the Fire Department and trying to solicit money.

The Fire Department does NOT use this type of fundraising tactic. If you feel that the phone call is a scam please contact the Twp of Washington Police Dept. @ 201-664-1140

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Consumer Alert: One Ring’ Phone Scam

Dear Friend,

Have you ever received a call and it rings once and the other person hangs up? Well, it can be a scam. I would like to share with you some information from the Federal Communications Commission on how to handle the “one-ring” phone scam.

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“One Ring Phone Scam” Hits New Jersey


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Madison NJ, this has been reported by the Police in Madison New Jersey . They are warning about a phone scam that has recently targeted some local residents.

According to Police, residents should be an the alert for the “One Ring Phone Scam” where automated phone numbers intentionally ringing one time, repeatedly, and frequently at random intervals.

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This is a SCAM, Social Security is not calling asking for info


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Glen Rock NJ, from the Glen Rock Police department ; We received word that the Hawthorne Police Dept has received many telephone calls at their Police Headquarters reporting that residents are receiving calls from people claiming to be from Social Security, stating there is a problem with thier accounts and they need to contact SS Office, or a Police Officer will call them. This is a SCAM, Social Security is not calling asking for info.

Never provide INFO, please advise friends, family and neighbors especially the elderly as they may be easy target.


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The call from “Apple” about an iCloud breach is the Newest Phone Scam

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Ridgewood NJ, If you receive a phone call claiming to be from Apple warning of an iCloud breach, beware: It’s a trick and another in a series of “Tech Support Scams” .Telephone scammers are cold-calling people, claiming that iCloud, Apple’s cloud service, has been hacked, and asking them to give up their accounts details. In theory, phone scammers can’t do anything if you don’t give them your details or do what they say. But if you’ve reused the same password multiple times, then anyone might be able to gain access to your account.

The scam is a simple one. The potential victim receives an automated message that claims to be from Apple’s support, telling them there is an issue with their iCloud account or that it has been breached. They’re then put through to a human to “help” them.
They ask for “personal information,” which could potentially give the scammer access to the victim’s account, allowing them to make purchases or do whatever else they want.

Macworld points out, these scammers sometimes direct the victim to install “antivirus software” — in reality, malware — onto their computers, and charge them for the privilege.

Apple advises all its users that you should “never provide personal account information–including your Apple ID password, credit card info, or other personal information–by email or text message, and use extreme caution when clicking links in messages or sharing information over the phone. Instead, visit the company’s website directly or call them yourself.

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The Bergen County Sheriff’s Office Warns of “contempt of a Grand Jury appearance” Phone Scam

Bergen County Sheriff's Office


November 24,2017
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Hackemsack NJ, The Bergen County Sheriff’s Office has been receiving reports of an attempted criminal scam where people are being contacted via telephone by someone claiming to be a member of our agency asking for money to satisfy a warrant for contempt of a Grand Jury appearance. The Bergen County Sheriff’s Office DOES NOT ask for money over the phone. Do not give anyone claiming to be a member of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office any payment over the phone

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IRS Warns of New Phone Scam Involving Bogus Certified Letters


IRS Warns of New Phone Scam Involving Bogus Certified Letters; Reminds People to Remain Vigilant Against Scams, Schemes this Summer

IR-2017-107, June 15, 2017

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today warned people to beware of a new scam linked to the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), where fraudsters call to demand an immediate tax payment through a prepaid debit card. This scam is being reported across the country, so taxpayers should be alert to the details.

In the latest twist, the scammer claims to be from the IRS and tells the victim about two certified letters purportedly sent to the taxpayer in the mail but returned as undeliverable. The scam artist then threatens arrest if a payment is not made through a prepaid debit card. The scammer also tells the victim that the card is linked to the EFTPS system when, in fact, it is entirely controlled by the scammer. The victim is also warned not to contact their tax preparer, an attorney or their local IRS office until after the tax payment is made.

“This is a new twist to an old scam,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “Just because tax season is over, scams and schemes do not take the summer off. People should stay vigilant against IRS impersonation scams. People should remember that the first contact they receive from IRS will not be through a random, threatening phone call.”

EFTPS is an automated system for paying federal taxes electronically using the Internet or by phone using the EFTPS Voice Response System. EFTPS is offered free by the U.S. Department of Treasury and does not require the purchase of a prepaid debit card. Since EFTPS is an automated system, taxpayers won’t receive a call from the IRS. In addition, taxpayers have several options for paying a real tax bill and are not required to use a specific one.

Tell Tale Signs of a Scam:

The IRS (and its authorized private collection agencies) will never:

Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. The IRS does not use these methods for tax payments. Generally, the IRS will first mail a bill to any taxpayer who owes taxes. All tax payments should only be made payable to the U.S. Treasury and checks should never be made payable to third parties.
Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have the taxpayer arrested for not paying.
Demand that taxes be paid without giving the taxpayer the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.
Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

For anyone who doesn’t owe taxes and has no reason to think they do:

Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
Contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration to report the call. Use their IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting web page. Alternatively, call 800-366-4484.
Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the FTC Complaint Assistant on Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

For anyone who owes tax or thinks they do:

View your tax account information online at to see the actual amount you owe. You can then also review your payment options.
Call the number on the billing notice, or
Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help.

The IRS does not use email, text messages or social media to discuss personal tax issues, such as those involving bills or refunds. For more information, visit the “Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts” page on Additional information about tax scams is available on IRS social media sites, including YouTube videos.

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Virtual Kidnaping Phone Scam Reported in Ridgewood

Virtual Kidnaping prisoner

May 20,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Police report that Ridgewood Residents have reported being the target of a telephone kidnap scam. The scam works by a caller claiming a relative has been kidnapped and not to contact anyone because they are being watched. The caller then demands money in a threatening manner. This is a widely used phone scam called the virtual kidnap scam according to the FBI and has been reported nationwide over the past several years. Don’t become the victim of a scam. Report suspicious activity the Ridgewood Police Department.

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New Home Alarm Phone Scam Hits Ridgewood

February 29,2016
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Ridgewood NJ , New phone scam making the rounds .  Several residents report receiving curious calls from someone asking questions about there home alarm system. The “salesperson” on the other line tries to pretend like they already have information about your home alarm system or tells you you’re eligible for an upgrade. Residents have tried to call the number back, and it would not go through.
Please do not give out any information! 201-211-0822 is the number that calls . Ridgewood Police have been contacted about it, and sources say this is the first time they’re hearing of this kind of call but took the information.
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IRS payment Scam Hits Ridgewood and Glen Rock once again

October 22,2015
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Ridgewood Nj, Ridgewood Police report that on Friday, October 16, 2015, a Fairway Road resident reported receiving a telephone call from an individual identifying himself as a representative of the United States Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Unit. The caller stated that victim had “willfully defrauded” the IRS and that the victim would be arrested, have his/her assets frozen and driving privileges/passport revoked if the victim did not wire funds ($4986.45) to an account number provided that was alleged to be an IRS tax payment account.

Numerous incidents of this type of scheme are reported to this agency on a weekly basis. Neither governmental agencies nor public utilities handle criminal investigations/delinquent accounts in this manner. Do not fall victim to this type of scam and please spread the word regarding this fraudulent activity, particularly to your elderly relatives and neighbors who often fall victim to these crimes. The matter is under investigation by the detective bureau.

This type of scam was also reported by the Glen Rock Police department on Wednesday October 21st.DO NOT provide funds or info to anyone over the phone. Reports of IRS calling residents to collect back due taxes, is a scam.