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Glen Rock Senior Falls Prey to “Grandparent” Scam

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Glen Rock NJ, according to the Glen Rock Police at 4:33 PM ,the adult son of a Glen Rock woman contacted police reporting that his mother had been the victim of a “grandparent” scam. Upon interviewing the woman, she recounted receiving a phone call from an individual stating that her grandchild was in jail and needed money for bail. The victim subsequently withdrew $ 9,800 from the bank and a man showed up at her home to collect the money.

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Division of Consumer Affairs Issues Alert on Gift Card Scams and Guidelines for Retailers to Prevent Fraud

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Ridgewood NJ,acting Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin today announced that the Division of Consumer Affairs has issued a consumer alert on gift card scams along with guidelines for retailers to train their employees on signs that a consumer is falling victim to this common form of fraud.

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Pandemic Unemployment Benefits Fraud Could Be Over $163 Billion With Only 1% Recovered

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Washington DC, GOP members of the House Ways & Means Committee (with the help of agency Inspector Generals), released their findings which discovered that in the unemployment benefit program, only $1 billion (out of up to $163 billion in fraud) has thus far been recovered. So 99.1% of fraudsters got away with it.

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Watch Out for Pet Adoption Scams

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by Jennifer Leach
Associate Director, Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC

Ridgewood NJ, this has been National Adoption Week for pets, and by now, thousands of dogs and cats might have new homes in the hearts of many thousands of people. But as the holidays approach, scammers know that families are hearing about their kids’ NEED for a dog or cat. And scammers are ready to take advantage by offering up that perfect pet — for a fee. You’ll find ads offering litters of puppies, especially, on websites and listservs online. But once you pay, your supposed pet and the “breeder” will vanish, along with your cash. Here are ways to spot those puppy and pet scammers and stop them in their tracks.

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Amazon Impersonator Scams : What You Need to Know

Has Amazon contacted you to confirm a recent purchase you didn’t make or to tell you that your account has been hacked? According to the FTC’s new Data Spotlight, since July 2020, about one in three people who have reported a business impersonator scam say the scammer pretended to be Amazon.

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Former City of Newark Official and Two Newark Businessmen Indicted in Bribery Scheme

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Newark NJ,  A former Newark city official and officer of the Newark Community Economic Development Corp. (NCEDC), along with two Newark business owners, were indicted today by a federal grand jury in connection with a conspiracy for the official to obtain corrupt payments intended to influence and reward him for assisting the business owners with the acquisition and redevelopment of various Newark-owned properties, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

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Beware of Disaster Relief and Tragedy-Related Scams

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When unfortunate events occur that garner widespread public attention – such as natural disasters, international conflict, and other tragedies – cyber threat actors often capitalize on this interest using social engineering schemes. As the US enters the height of hurricane season with Hurricane Ida causing significant damage across the Southern and Eastern Coasts, the public may search for relevant charities hoping to provide donations to impacted individuals and businesses. In addition, the recent US military departure from Afghanistan and related humanitarian crisis has led to pleas for donations, resources, and assistance from the public. Well-intentioned individuals may be eager to help and, therefore, more likely to fall victim to various scams and social engineering schemes. These threats are often delivered via email, social media posts, and text messages, and may include fraudulent links or attachments that supposedly include information on how and where to donate or provide assistance. Additionally, a separate scheme circulating includes emails sent from individuals impersonating hospital staff and claiming that they have a patient who is in dire need of surgery and/or medical care as the result of a tragedy or disaster. Emails may include images showing evidence of their claims; however, these images are typically unrelated or doctored.

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Shady Online Casinos: 6 Warning Signs

Finding a decent casino platform is a challenge, and blacklists are not always reliable. This market is too dynamic, and new providers are springing up all the time. Follow our tips to stay safe. Cybercriminals are capitalizing on the human penchant for gambling, so be wary and watch out for: Continue reading Shady Online Casinos: 6 Warning Signs

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Fraudulent Unemployment Claims Run Rampant in Bergen County

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Glen Rock NJ, during this past week, the Glen Rock Police Department received two additional reports from residents concerning fraudulent unemployment claims.  In each case unknown actor(s) used their personal information to apply for unemployment.  The detective bureau continues to receive ongoing complaints of this nature and is working with the NJ Division of Criminal Justice which is the lead investigating agency on fraudulent unemployment claims being filed throughout the state.

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Unregistered North Haledon Investment Adviser Charged With Stealing $644,000 From Investors

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North Haledon NJ,  Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that an unregistered investment adviser has been charged with stealing $644,000 from 24 investors he recruited to invest in an unregulated commodities trading group he founded called Think Big Institute, LLC (“Think Big”).

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Don’t let job scams block your path forward

by  Lisa Lake Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

Ridgewood NJ, After more than a year of pandemic-related devastating losses — including job losses – you may be one of millions looking to get back on your feet with a new job. This Financial Literacy Month, as always, the FTC wants to help keep you on track with ways to avoid job scams.

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New IRS Scam Targets College Students

by Ari Lazarus
Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

If you’re a college student, faculty, or staff member, you’re going to want to pay attention to this one. IRS imposters are sending phishing emails to people with “.edu” email addresses, saying they have information about your “tax refund payment.” What do they really want? Your personal information.

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Justice Department Warns About Fake Post-Vaccine Survey Scams

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Washington DC, The Department of Justice has received reports that fraudsters are creating fraudulent COVID-19 vaccine surveys for consumers to fill out with the promise of a prize or cash at the conclusion of the survey. In reality, the surveys are used to steal money from consumers and unlawfully capture consumers’ personal information.

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6 Things You Need To Know To Apply For Disability Benefits

Social Security Disability Insurance is a program where workers can earn coverage for their benefits. It may benefit disabled workers and their dependents. If you cannot work anymore following a disability, the program may help replace your lost income. Here are a few interesting things to know when applying for disability benefits.

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