The Ridgewood Police Report a Number of “phone scams” in Recent Weeks
Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Police Department has experienced a number of “phone scam” reports from residents over the past several weeks. Below are some examples of phone scams that have been recently reported by several residents.
Scammer(s) have been placing calls and have even left voice messages stating that they are from a government law enforcement agency. The IRS has been popular recently, however scammers will sometimes us a name of an agency that is fake, for example: “National Bureau of Crime”. The scammer will advise the person that criminal complaints have been signed against them or a family member and unless they give money or personal identifying information, charges will be “filed”. They may also claim that you owe “back taxes” or some form of payment is required. This scam is not aimed at the elderly and anyone can be a victim of this. Please understand that no legitimate law enforcement agency will EVER contact you this way.
Another past phone scams, scammers(s) have used the “Grandparent Scam”. This often involves a person who calls posing as a family member in trouble. He or she places a call to an older person and when they pick up, the scammer will say something along the lines of: “Hi Grandma, do you know who this is?” When the unsuspecting grandparent guesses the name of the grandchild the scammer most sounds like, the scammer has established a fake identity without having done any background research. The fake grandchild will usually ask for money to solve some unexpected problem (arrested and need bail money, overdue rent, payment for car repairs, etc.), to be paid via Western Union or MoneyGram, which don’t always require identification to collect. At the same time, the scam artist will beg the grandparent “please don’t tell my parents, they would kill me.” The fake grandchild will generally say they are in another state and may even say they are in another country on “vacation”.
The Ridgewood Police asks that you spread the word about these scams to your friends and family (especially the elderly). Please remember to always be cautious when providing any personal identifying information to strangers over the phone and/or internet.
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