Posted on

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

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

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.

Continue reading Two Bergen County Men Admit Roles in Real-Estate Short Sale Fraud Scheme
Posted on

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

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

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.

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

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

nj MVC drivers licenses

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

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.

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

Ridge Road Resident Not Fooled by Gift Card Scam

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

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.

Posted on

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

phone-scam

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

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.

Continue reading Seven Charged In Massive Health Care Fraud Scheme in New Jersey that Targeted the Elderly
Posted on

“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.

Continue reading “Grandson Under Arrest Scam” Spreads to Other Bergen County Towns
Posted on

Bitcoin and IRS Scam alert……….please share.

Utah Software Engineer Mints Physical Bitcoins

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Midland Park NJ, according to the Midland Park Police ,a Midland Park resident was contacted by a female caller who represented herself as an employee of the IRS. The caller explained to the resident that her identity was being used fraudulently and the resident would have to make a payment for an IRS investigation to begin. The resident informed the female caller she did not understand why the IRS was contacting her and asked for a further explanation. The female caller then informed the resident that she would have someone from the Midland Park Police Department contact her and explain the situation to her. A short time later the resident received a phone call from the Midland Park Police Department main number 201-444-2300, a male who represented himself as Officer James Morris of the Midland Park Police Department advised the resident a monetary payment was needed to further investigate the identity fraud. The original female caller then came back on the phone and instructed the resident to deposit money in to a bitcoin ATM machine located inside of a Ramsey NJ restaurant. The resident was ultimately scammed out of several thousand dollars.

This incident is the first where a scammer spoofed the phone number of the Midland Park Police Department. Officer James Morris does NOT work for the Midland Park Police Department. The Midland Park Police Department does NOT solicit any type of monetary payment for the IRS.

We remind you to NOT send any type of payment with gift cards, bitcoin, or electronic wire services such as Western Union.

If you receive a call which you suspect to be a scam simply hang up the phone. If you are unsure of the authenticity of the call please contact us at 201-444-2300 or contact a trusted family member who can help you determine the authenticity of the call.

Posted on

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

social-security-card

Glen Rock Police Department – NJ1

rthe staff of the Ridgewood blog

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.

NEVER PROVIDE INFO OR SEND OUT CASH CARDS

Posted on

Seniors Increasingly Targeted by Scammers

By: Emma Fletcher(FTC)

Ridgewood NJ, In 2018, the Consumer Sentinel Network has seen a striking increase in the median dollar amount that people 70 and over are saying they lost to fraud. Digging into the data, we found some common stories with an unusual twist: people 70 and older report mailing huge amounts of cash to people who pretended to be their grandchildren.

People 70 and over rarely report to the FTC that they paid a scammer with cash. But for one particular type of fraud – family and friend imposters – fully 25% of people 70 and over who reported to the FTC how they paid money told us they sent cash.

We call these family and friend imposter scams, but you may know them as the “grandparent scam” and with good reason. People 70 and over report that the scammer posed as a grandchild, usually a grandson, about 70% of the time.

Continue reading Seniors Increasingly Targeted by Scammers

Posted on

Reader calls the Hudson Garage , “The biggest Scam is the massive non conforming concrete Hudson street parking structure”

parking garage cbd

The biggest Scam is the massive non conforming concrete Hudson street parking structure planned right across the street from that historic church ; who did little to stop this assault of that neighborhood.Reap what yee shall sow from these out of town developers ..they will be the first ones getting out of
ridgewood with the loot ,leaving taxpayers with the massive liability for Schools , Services and more town employees with pensions ! to service more apartments and children with multi family
developments.Just wait..