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New Jersey Transit Police Detectives are Investigating a New Cell Phone Scam

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Ridgewood NJ, New Jersey Transit Police Detectives are investigating a recent cell phone scam like the below pattern. Although this scam occurs abroad, we want you aware when traveling the system.

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FTC: Scammers hide harmful links in QR codes

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Ridgewood NJ, QR codes have become ubiquitous, finding applications in various scenarios such as accessing restaurant menus, making payments for public parking, or gaining entry to events like concerts and sports matches. However, their widespread use has also attracted scammers who exploit QR codes to deceive individuals and compromise personal information. It is crucial to be aware of potential threats.

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Orange and Rockland Utilities Warns on Scammers

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Upper Saddle River NJ, Orange and Rockland Utilities (O&R) urges its customers to learn the signs that a crook is trying to rip them off by posing as a company employee and demanding money.
Scammers are inventive, resourceful and persistent. They contact customers by email, text, phone and by showing up at homes and businesses. The best defense for customers is to be aware of the methods scammers use.

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Attention Seniors Scamming is on the Rise. And the Approaching Holiday Season Makes People with Good Hearts, Particularly Vulnerable

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Westwood NJ, Scammers cheat senior citizens out of approximately $2.9 billion annually and no one is exempt from being a target. Seniors, on average, lose $500 for each incident they encounter. Senior fraud is a pervasive problem facing our aging populations.

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Saddle River Police Warn of , “Seller Impersonation Fraud”

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Saddle River NJ, the Saddle River Police Department Detective Bureau has reported numerous reports of  seller impersonation fraud . Seller impersonation fraud is a type of fraud in which bad actors impersonate property owners and attempt to sell property they don’t own. It is critical that title professionals and our industry partners spread awareness about this type of fraud and educate buyers about the steps they should take to protect themselves.

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Glen Rock Police Warn of Uptick in “Home Improvement Scams”

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Glen Rock NJ, the Glen Rock Police are warning of an uptick in “home improvement scams”. How can you tell if a contractor might not be reputable? Here are some tactics scammers use:

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Ridgewood Warns Parishioners of Text Scam

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Ridgewood NJ, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Ridgewood, is urging parishioners to not reply to text messages from Father Ron requesting a favor. Father Ron would never communicate such a need in that manner.

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New Scam Targets New Jersey’s Korean community

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Ridgewood NJ, here’s a scam we know is hitting the Korean community right now — but it’s just as likely to be coming soon to a phone or email inbox near you. Because one thing we know is that scammers never target just one person (or community). Read on so you can spot and report these scammers before they trick someone you care about out of money.

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Bill Introduced to Protect Vulnerable Seniors from Predatory Practices

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Ridgewood  NJ, Seniors could be afforded stronger legal protections to shield their estates from scammers and unworthy beneficiaries thanks to legislation recently introduced by Senator Robert Singer.

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NJ Real Estate Developer and Attorney Both Admit to Multimillion-Dollar Mortgage Fraud Scheme

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Watchung NJ, a New Jersey real estate developer and attorney each admitted today to conspiring to orchestrate a mortgage fraud scheme that led to over $3.5 million in losses, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

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PSE&G shares how customers can protect themselves against scammers

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Ridgewood NJ,  Scammers continue to impersonate PSE&G representatives and take advantage of unsuspecting victims. PSE&G urges customers to understand scammers’ tactics and know what to do if confronted with a request for private account information or a demand for immediate payment. If customers are ever in doubt about the legitimacy of a contact from PSE&G, they should call PSE&G at 800-436-PSEG (7734).

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Over 46,000 people reporting losing more than a billion dollars in crypto to scams since the start of 2021

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Ridgewood NJ, if the cryptocurrency craze feels like a tempting way to make money, or you think you’re missing out, read on. Because, according to the FTC’s new data spotlight, scammers are banking on what you don’t know about cryptocurrency — or scammers’ tricks. And that could cost you serious money.

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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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Cryptocurrency Schemes on the Rise in New Jersey

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Ridgewood NJ, the New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell has recently received several reports of cryptocurrency-related incidents. Cryptocurrency schemes occur when threat actors gain access to users’ cryptocurrency exchange accounts. Threat actors offer investment tips and guaranteed returns in attempts to lure their victims. As cryptocurrency incidents continue to increase, the NJCCIC recommends users implement multifactor authentication and create strong and unique passwords for their accounts.

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Watch Out for Pet Adoption Scams

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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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