Government

Press Releases

Union County Supports Anti-Fraud Toolkit to Protect Seniors

ba5d0c546f9f520b74ec_Senior_Citizens.jpg
ba5d0c546f9f520b74ec_Senior_Citizens.jpg

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to support the Anti-Fraud Toolkit, a new online information hub created by the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs to help consumers protect themselves against fraud and scams. The Toolkit includes an email alert network for sharing up-to-date news about the latest fraud incidents in New Jersey, especially those affecting seniors.

“The new Anti-Fraud Toolkit helps seniors and their families stop scammers before they get started,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “Professionals, volunteers and caregivers who work with seniors in Union County can also share the Toolkit with their clients and help spread the word about emerging scams.” 

The Anti-Fraud Toolkit includes downloadable tip sheets in English and Spanish on avoiding consumer fraud, with a focus on scams that target seniors.

Sign Up for E-News

The guidance includes how to avoid computer scams, phone scams, and common door-to-door scams involving handyman work, home security systems, package deliveries, cable hookups and charitable solicitations.

“Fraud is a crime that preys upon lack of knowledge and unfamiliarity with the law,” said Freeholder Angel G. Estrada, who chairs the Freeholder Board’s Public Safety Committee. “The new Toolkit will help to level the playing field and enable consumers to protect themselves.”

The Toolkit also includes the new Real-Time Fraud Alerts email network. Union County residents can sign up to receive emails from the network. It is designed to ensure that seniors, their families, and those who work with seniors get quick, accurate information about new scams.

“The Union County Office of Consumer Affairs will be using the Real-Time Fraud Alert network to help keep our seniors aware and informed, and I encourage municipal agencies to sign up as well,” said Bergen.

The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs is currently reporting three scams on the Real-Time Fraud Alerts network:

·         Phony charity scams are asking for donations for the victims of the Orlando shooting. Before donating, Union County residents can verify the legal status of a charity by calling the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Charities Hotline at 973-504-6215.

·         Fraudulent out-of-state home improvement contractors have been targeting residents in Ocean County. To ensure that a contractor has the necessary New Jersey permits, call the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Division at 800- 242-5846.

·         Wendy’s Restaurants has reported a possible credit card breach nationwide and in New Jersey. To see the locations of affected restaurants and guidance on protecting your information visitwendys.com.

To find out more about the Anti-Fraud Toolkit and to sign up for the Real-Time Fraud Alerts email network visit the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs at FightingFraud.nj.gov.

Union County residents are also encouraged to report possible frauds and scams to the Union County Office of Consumer Affairs. To file a complaint online visit ucnj.org/public-safety or call 908-654-9840.

Another protective measure is to ensure that sensitive personal documents are shredded and securely disposed. Union County sponsors a regular series of free, secure mobile paper events in various municipalities throughout the spring, summer and fall. For a complete schedule visitucnj.org/recycling.

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Clark

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_855652b94dad7cfd1c72_mini_magick20180618-30381-1j0t0jb

Tue, July 17, 6:00 PM

Westfield Presbyterian Church, Westfield

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Education Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_f9271be7c50b3bea46af_open_house_roselle

Wed, July 25, 9:00 AM

Durham School Services School Bus, Roselle

Hiring Event Open House Durham School Services ...

Business & Finance

Carousel_image_574768912fb23a4cacc7_bfeb2b8d2a5b0913fb60_2f2194e6f686708fbbc3_pd_fd_bbq

Sat, July 28, 12:00 PM

Clark Recreation Center, Clark

Clark PD vs Clark FD BBQ Cook-Off

Food & Drink Police & Fire

Earn The Professional Administrative Certification of Excellence (PACE) at Union County College in Five Weeks

July 17, 2018

CRANFORD – Union County College (UCC) will be offering the American Society of Administrative Professionals PACE Certification (Professional Administrative Certification of Excellence) from Monday, July 23 through August 22.

If you are an executive assistant, office manager, paralegal, program analyst, benefits administrator, supervisor or meetings and events planner, this program is for ...

Geoffrey the Giraffe Moves In To New Brunswick Children's Hospital

July 11, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Over a stretch of nearly 70 years, Geoffrey the Giraffe at Toys R Us stores was the symbol of happy times for generations of children, and now he may provide those same feelings for children coming to a hospital.

"From this day forward, Geoffrey stands tall in our lobby to encourage our smallest patients to smile when they enter our facilities," said John ...

Ready to Pay College Tuition Bills?

So you've applied and been accepted and your child is heading off to college shortly.    Are you ready to pay the bill that is coming soon?  Take a listen to Chris Curran's video below as he gives suggestions of what you should be doing now so you are ready to pay the bill and don't forget to check out his book College Funding ...

Open Letter to Cranford Planning Board

July 9, 2018

Open Letter to Cranford Planning Board:

As you know, Hartz is scheduled to go before the Planning Board on July 18th.  Since last year, Hartz has postponed their meeting numerous times with no pushback that we can see whatsoever from the Planning Board.  

We are asking the Planning Board to direct the planning board attorney to send Hartz’s counsel a letter requiring that ...

Obituaries

Jun 29, 1927 - Apr 23, 2018
Margaret (Peggy) Kirk Leonard passed away Monday, April 23rd, surrounded by her loved ones. Peggy ...
Read more