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ORANGE & ROCKLAND WARNS: CROOKS MAKE SUMMER’S END PUSH IN BILL PAYMENT FRAUD

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PEARL RIVER NY ,The busy end-of-summer season is now in full swing and crooks are counting on an unsuspecting public letting down its guard – distracted with summer vacations ending, adults returning to work, students returning to school.

As a result, Orange and Rockland customers are being hounded by a new round of persistent predatory phone calls from phony bill collectors trying to steal their money.

The scheme goes this way: individuals posing as O&R employees call unsuspecting customers and threaten them with the immediate shut off of their electric service if they don’t pay phony O&R bills with Green Dot or other prepaid debit cards.

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Ridgewood Resident Hit “Department of Treasury ” Scam

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Police report a South Broad Street resident responded to Ridgewood Police headquarters on June 14th to report a fraud. The victim reported an unknown actor contacted her by phone, identified themselves as a representative of the Department of Treasury and persuaded the victim into providing her social security number. The victim then realized the caller was attempting to scam her when the caller requested money to prevent arrest.

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Assemblyman Rooney: Beware of Vacation Scams

As summer nears and as we being to plan our vacations, I would like to share with you some tips to avoid getting scammed. By now, all of us have received fake phone calls and emails claiming that we have won a free vacation. So many people have been victimized by these scams. The Federal Trade Commission offers the following tips to avoid being scammed:
Do some research:

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Warning that your Social Security number has been suspended because of suspicious activity……

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Ridgewood NJ, we have mentioned this in the past but it bears repeating, for scammers, your Social Security number is a gold-plated and diamond-encrusted asset, and now they have a new way to try to steal yours and get paid.

Consumer advocates are raising an alarms about a twist to an old impostor phone scam. It’s called the “Social Security impostor scam.” A blog at the Federal Trade Commission recently wrote: “In the shady world of government, the SSA scam may be the new IRS scam.”

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Ridgewood Resident Gets Duped on Renovation Loan

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Ridgewood NJ, according to the Ridgewood Police Department a Van Buren Street resident responded to Ridgewood Police headquarters on March 12th to report being the victim of bad checks. The victim reported after agreeing to provide a private loan in the amount of $219,000 for a real estate renovation she began to receive checks which were deposited and returned for insufficient funds. Det. Peter Youngberg provided the victim with instructions on how to proceed with attempting to collect the debt through civil court or signing criminal complaints.

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Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Releases, “Phone Scam Cheat Sheet “

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Hackensack NJ, Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office reminds you to be careful giving out information over the phone . The Ridgewood blog has received numerous emails from readers and alerts from many law enforcement agencies on phone scams . Phone scams have become an epidemic .

The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office asks, Have you received one of these calls lately?

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New Milford Police Department issue Social Security Scam Warning

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New Milford NJ , the New Milford Police Department issued the following statement :

All residents, be advised numerous residents throughout town have received phones calls from 866-404-5249 stating they are from the Social Security Administration asking for Social Security Numbers and their SSN’s have been compromised. The callers will then hang up after attempting to gain information and then the victim will receive a phone call from a caller ID from 201-261-1400 which is the main phone line from New Milford Police claiming to be a New Milford Police Officer. Please be aware, these phone calls are a scam and NO New Milford Police Officer will ever call anyone requesting any information from the Social Security Administration. Please hang up immediately and do NOT give any information over the phone. Thank for for your Cooperation.

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Hawthorne Residents Get Hit With IRS Scam

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August 2,2018

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Hawthorne NJ, BORO OF HAWTHORNE: 8/1 – Residents reporting calls from 973-427-1800 claiming to be IRS demanding money for back taxes. This is a scam call, provide no info
Please advise neighbors and any Senior Citizens in your neighborhood. These people are threatening arrest if money is not paid. Total Scam IRS would not call to collect taxes!

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Orange and Rockland Power Customers Hit by Payment Scam

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June 1,2018

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Wyckoff NJ, the Wyckoff police have again issued a warning to Orange and Rockland customers .The latest rash of phony-bill payment schemes in which imposters pose as utility company representatives and call customers, demanding immediate payment for what the crooks fraudulently claim are delinquent electric and gas bills.
These scammers pose as utility company employees and call customers saying their service will be disconnected if they do not make an immediate payment using a prepaid debit card or even a credit card.
Orange and Rockland does not accept payment from prepaid debit cards.
Orange and Rockland urges anyone who is contacted in this fashion to break off contact with the crooks and call O&R Customer Service at 1-877-434-4100.
If you are contacted by someone who says they represent O&R and you wish to verify their identity, call O&R at 1-877-434-4100 to verify their identity and the nature of their business with you.
Remember, when in doubt, hang up the phone or break off contact, and call O&R at 1-877-434-4100 to verify that the person you are dealing with is an O&R employee conducting legitimate business.

Orange & Rockland and its subsidiary, Rockland Electric Company, serve approximately 300,000 electric customers in New York and northern New Jersey, and more than 130,000 natural gas customers in New York.