BEWARE OF SCAMS
You have just withdrawn money from your account in the form of cash or a cashier’s check. Please be aware that scammers are taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic and have been targeting our elderly population. There are a variety of scams being attempted, some examples are as follows:
The BAIL BOND scam. The criminal will call the victim on the phone and explain their grandchild was arrested. The criminal may or may not provide the grandchild’s name. In some cases, a person was placed on the phone pretending to be the grandchild as proof they were arrested. The criminal will ask that you pay a sum of money in order for the grandchild to be released from jail and ask for your home address to pick up the money. Please be aware, the criminal may give you instructions on what to say to a bank teller if he/she questions you on why you are taking out the cash. The criminal may also instruct you to act upset and angry or to tell the bank employee that it is none of their business as to why you are taking out the money.
The IRS scam. The criminal will call the victim and tell them that they owe the government money and if you don’t pay you will be arrested. To avoid being arrested you must pay your debt by way of a MoneyGram or gift cards. Understand, the IRS will NEVER call you and pressure you into settling your tax debt with a MoneyGram or gift card.
These are just two of the MANY scams currently being conducted via telephone, internet and email to honest people such as yourself. You have worked very hard for your money, so please do not give up your money so easily to these scammers. These scammers are trying to upset you into impulsively handing your money over to them. If someone you do not know calls, texts or emails you looking for money, call a relative, a close friend, or call the Police. Another person not directly involved may have a better perspective on the situation and be more likely to see through any potential scam attempt.
The Rockaway Township Police Department is available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week should you have any questions. If so, you can call (973) 625-4000.
Internet Safety Information:
There have been many technological advancements in recent years. Our computers and the internet provide a wealth of information with the click of a mouse. Although the internet is a superhighway of information, it can pose unwanted threats and dangers. Always safeguard you and your family by following safety guidelines. To help protect yourself from internet dangers,the following links provide useful information.
Posted Tuesday, January 14th, 2020
The Morris County Sheriff’s Office advises county residents of the resurgence of a telephone scam that falsely uses the Morris County Sheriff’s Office name while targeting residents for personal information.
A caller recently identified himself as an employee of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office in a conversation with an individual, requested personal identifying information and warned that the individual had to surrender at a particular location on an active warrant.
Scam callers also have requested that victims purchase gift cards and provide the gift card numbers to them.
The Morris County Sheriff’s Office will never solicit private or financial information in a telephone call. Such calls should immediately be reported to local police or to the Morris County Sheriff’s Office at 973-285-6600 during the day and at 973-285-2900 after hours.
The Morris County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Squad, on a limited basis, may call individuals who are overdue on child support payments after those individuals previously have been notified by official letter. To verify the legitimacy of a warrant, call the Morris County Sheriff’s Office at 973-285-6640.
“In the event you receive a call from a person purporting to be a Morris County Sheriff’s Officer or from a law enforcement agency, never give personal or financial information over the telephone. Never agree to meet such a caller at any random location. Hang up and verify the legitimacy of the call by dialing an official, listed number for the agency,” said Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon.
Similar scams surfaced in Morris County in 2018 and 2019 in which callers posed as Morris County Sheriff’s Officers and sought personal information and Green Dot MoneyPak cards to pay for false warrants, civil process fees, overdue IRS payments and fines for non-appearance for jury service.
All Agency Information and Contacts can be Accessed and Verified through the Morris County Sheriff’s Office website: WWW.SHERIFF.MORRISCOUNTYNJ.GOV.
- Legitimate law enforcement agencies will not tell people to provide money card information to avoid arrest.
- Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.
- Never provide personal or financial information to anyone who emails or calls you, unsolicited.
- Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers or Green Dot MoneyPak card numbers to a stranger.
- Remember that anyone who has the number of a Green Dot MoneyPak card has access to funds on the card.
- If you receive a scam phone call, try to gather names, the incoming telephone number and other details, and immediately report the call to local police.
Please be advised of the following phone scam.
Unknown individuals are contacting residents of Rockaway Township claiming to be members of the Rockaway Township Police Department. These calls are showing the Police Department’s (973) 625-4000 phone number on caller ID. These individuals are telling the residents they have an active warrant and if they do not pay over the phone via gift cards that members of the Rockaway Township Police will go to their house and arrest them. We have had multiple residents state they have received similar calls.
If you receive this phone call, please contact the Rockaway Township Police Department to reportthe incident at (973) 625-4000. Thank you.