BAYONNE, NJ - Mayor Jimmy Davis has warned residents to be on the watch for scammers attempting to separate them from the stimulus checks the federal government will be sending in response to the COVID-19 shutdown.

"It saddens and angers me to no end that there are people out there who would try to use this crisis to steal money from those who don't know any better," he said, adding that the scam involves phone calls requesting personal information from people so that they can receive their checks and other cash awards.

"Never give any personal information to anyone over the phone," he warned. "If you receive a call asking for personal information, hang up the phone. It's as simple as that."

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Davis went on to share that the number of protective gloves and masks being "tossed about on city streets and sidewalks" is a "concern." In addition to the mess, Davis said, "it creates an unsafe situation for other residents." 

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