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The Glen Rock Police Department share a recent message from PSE&G regarding recent scam activity

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Glen Rock NJ, The Glen Rock Police Department would like to share a recent message from PSE&G regarding recent scam activity. If you have any questions, or feel that you may have fallen victim for this scam, please contact the police department for further assistance.


Be Aware of Scam Activity

PSE&G wants to alert New Jersey residents and businesses that scammers have spoofed one of our phone numbers in attempt to obtain personal information from our customers. We have been receiving inquiries from customers returning calls they received from a PSE&G phone number that appeared on their caller I.D. We encourage you to view the video of a recent news interview with Fred Daum, PSE&G’s Executive Director of Customer Operations.
In light of this recent activity, if you receive an unexpected call from PSE&G in the coming days you should hang up as it may be a scammer. If you have pending business with us, such as an appointment or payment notice, call us back on the number provided on your bill or call our customer service line, 800-436-PSEG (7734). 
When a scammer pretends to work for PSE&G, they will often request personal data such as credit card information or account passwords. Never provide this type of personal information. When a customer calls PSE&G to conduct account business, PSE&G has numerous secure methods for verifying customer information.
Callers have recently reported that scammers have asked for personal information to obtain a meter reading, provide discounts on your PSE&G bill, or verify debit and credit cards on file. Such tactics are known utility scams, the most popular of which is a demand for immediate payment to avoid service termination. Before terminating service, PSE&G alerts customers in a number of ways: messages on their bill, letters and phone calls. PSE&G would never demand a specific type of payment nor threaten immediate service termination. While there are many ways to pay a PSE&G bill, the utility only accepts credit card and prepaid card payments through Western Union Speedpay, which charges a $3.95 processing fee.
To learn more about scams and how to protect yourself, visit pseg.com/scamalert.

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Phishing Scam Hits Ridgewood Chamber Members

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce warns of Chamber related phishing scam.

CHAMBER  ALERT, CHAMBER ALERT PHISHING SCAM

Please disregard the email sent today that says:URGENT

from: presidentexectiv1@gmail.comsaying:I need your assistance.Can you help me purchase giftcards and get reimbursed later today.

Regards, Joan Groome

DISREGARD THIS EMAIL…PHISHING SCAM.Please call or email office…201-445-2600info@ridgewoodchamber.com

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FAIR LAWN MAN CHARGED IN INVESTMENT SCAM

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Fair Lawn NJ, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of WILFRIED WERNER (DOB: 07/10/1963; single; self-employed in construction and real estate businesses) of 8-13 Mason Place, Fair Lawn, NJ on a charge of Theft By Deception. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti.

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CPAs Agree U.S. Student Loan Debt is a Financial Crisis

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Student Loans Weapons of Mass Financial Destruction

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ROSELAND NJ, More than 80 percent of 623 certified public accountants polled in June by the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA) said they either “strongly agreed” or “somewhat agreed” that student loan debt at $1.6 trillion in the United States is a financial crisis. More than 75 percent of respondents considered student loan debt in New Jersey to be a “major problem.”

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Two Bergen County Men Admit Roles in Real-Estate Short Sale Fraud Scheme

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Norwood NJ, Two Bergen County, New Jersey, men have admitted their respective roles in a scheme to defraud financial institutions and others, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today.

Steve Young Kang, a/k/a “Steven Young Kang” and “Young Tae Kang,” 64, of Ridgefield, New Jersey, and Young Jin Son, a/k/a “Joshua Son,” 49, of Norwood, New Jersey, pleaded guilty on May 30, 2019, before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini in Newark federal court to separate informations charging each defendant with one count of bank fraud and one count of wire fraud.

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Fraud Alert: Law Enforcement Telephone Numbers Used in Two-Part Scam to Extort Money from Victims

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Ridgewood NJ, The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) is issuing this fraud alert to warn citizens of recent reports that publically available law enforcement telephone numbers, including those of DHS OIG Field Offices, are being used in a two-part spoofing scam targeting individuals throughout the country.

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SCAM ALERT : Renewregistrations.org disguises it self as legitimate Department of Motor Vehicles Sites

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Ridgewood NJ, If it’s time to renew your vehicle registration or driver’s license, here’s an FYI from the DMV: Imposter websites that promise to handle your paperwork could lead you down a dangerous road. Sites like  www.renewregistrations.org disguise themselves as legitimate Department of Motor Vehicles, recently popped up in as many as nine states, all on the East Coast. According to AARP many of these sites have since vanished into cyberspace after warnings by state officials, but new ones may appear.

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Ridge Road Resident Not Fooled by Gift Card Scam

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Police report that a Ridge Road resident responded to Ridgewood Police headquarters to report a fraud on April 5th. The victim reported an unknown person contacted her by phone claiming to be a law enforcement officer. The caller reported the victim’s identity was used fraudulently and convinced the victim into purchasing a $500.00 retail store gift card. The victim followed the instructions of the caller and purchased the gift card but realized the call was a scam prior to sending the gift card. The victim reported she will attempt to return the gift card and recover her money.

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Seven Charged In Massive Health Care Fraud Scheme in New Jersey that Targeted the Elderly

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NEWARK NJ, One of the largest health care fraud schemes investigated by the FBI and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG) and prosecuted by the Department of Justice resulted in charges against 24 defendants – seven of whom were charged in the District of New Jersey – including the CEOs, COOs and others associated with five telemedicine companies, the owners of dozens of durable medical equipment (DME) companies and three licensed medical professionals, for their alleged participation in health care fraud schemes involving more than $1.2 billion in loss, as well as the execution of over 80 search warrants in 17 federal districts. In addition, the Center for Medicare Services, Center for Program Integrity (CMS/CPI) announced today that it took adverse administrative action against 130 DME companies that had submitted over $1.7 billion in claims and were paid over $900 million.

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“Grandson Under Arrest Scam” Spreads to Other Bergen County Towns

A Message from the Oakland Police Department

Recently, some of our residents have experienced suspicious phone calls, e-mails, etc. where they are ultimately tricked into sending large amounts of money (gift cards, wire transfers, banking information, etc.) to an unknown person.

Some of the victims of these incidents have reported being told that a family member is being held hostage, is in police custody, is being detained, or is sick and in need of emergent assistance. The offender(s) during these incidents will attempt to make the victim feel as if it were an emergency and will possibly make threats that you remain on the telephone with them throughout the entirety of the interaction.

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