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5 Suspect Charged in Venmo and Zelle scams on NJ TRANSIT property

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Ridgewood NJ, the New Jersey Transit Police Detective Bureau has been working relentlessly to investigate, identify, and charge suspects who commit Venmo and Zelle scams on NJ TRANSIT property. To date, the Bureau has charged (5) people, 1 adult and 4 juveniles. These investigations are ongoing with potentially more charges to follow. As we continue these efforts, we want you to be aware.⁣

We commend the hard work NJTPD Officers have done, and continue to do surrounding these Venmo / Zelle scam cases. This includes Detective Christopher Baber, Detective Ruben Mendez, Detective Brian Morgenstern, Detective Brian Lee, District 3 Patrol Officers, and District 3 ACU Officers Eduardo Gomez and Matthew Kratzer.⁣

Venmo is a popular digital payment app that allows users to send and receive money easily and quickly. However, like any other financial platform, Venmo is vulnerable to scams and frauds. Here are some common Venmo scams to watch out for:

  1. Payment reversal scam: Scammers will send you a payment on Venmo, but then quickly cancel or reverse it. They may then ask you to send them money before the original payment has a chance to clear. Once you send them money, they will disappear, leaving you with no way to get your money back.
  2. Phishing scam: Scammers may send you an email or text message that looks like it’s from Venmo, asking you to click on a link and log in to your account. The link will take you to a fake Venmo website that looks legitimate but is designed to steal your login information. Once the scammers have your login credentials, they can access your Venmo account and steal your money.
  3. Sale scam: Scammers may pose as buyers and ask to purchase an item from you using Venmo. They may send you a payment that appears to be legitimate, but then claim that the item never arrived or was damaged in transit. They may then request a refund, leaving you with no way to recover your money.

To protect yourself from Venmo scams, make sure to only accept payments from people you know and trust, and verify that payments have cleared before sending out any merchandise or goods. Be wary of unsolicited emails or text messages, and always double-check the URL before entering your login credentials. If you suspect that you have been the victim of a Venmo scam, contact Venmo support and your bank immediately.


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