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_a0e77c78491bef881633_mini_magick20180304-33586-10cjicz

Thu, April 19, 11:00 AM

Clark

Chess Club

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_dd2853d55f77b53a02e6_13244600_824512737683830_2011645362359518113_n

Thu, April 19, 8:00 PM

Molly Maguires Irish Pub and Restaurant, Clark

Open Mic Night @ Molly Maguires in Clark

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Union County Senior Art Exhibit Now Accepting Applications from Artists Age 60 and Older

April 18, 2018

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to invite all senior residents of Union County, age 6o or older, to register now for the Union County Senior Citizens Art Exhibit. Qualifying works of art will be on display at the Atrium of Liberty Hall Center at 1085 Morris Avenue in Union from May 29 to July 9, and the artists will be guests at a special reception at the Atrium on ...

Cranford Man Dies after Wrong-Way Crash on Route 9

April 10, 2018

WOODBRIDGE, NJ – A Cranford man died after his car collided with another vehicle on Route 9 on Sunday.

Thomas McHugh, 88, was driving north in the southbound fast lane on Route 9, where he crashed head-on into another vehicle. On impact, one of the cars caught fire, according to Sgt. Jim Chessere of the Woodbridge Police Department.

 McHugh was taken from the scene to Robert ...

Thank You, St. Joseph's Volunteers

April 16, 2018

Thank You from St. Joseph Social Service Center

In recognition of National Volunteer Week, we would like to express our gratitude to the countless volunteers that serve the poor and homeless at St. Joseph Social Service Center in Elizabeth (http://www.sjeliz.org).  Whether you make a sandwich, collect toiletries, tutor in the job program, make soup, wrap Christmas gifts, donate food, ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 14

On this week’s AtlantiCast, an internationally recognized orthopedic oncologist takes a leadership role at Atlantic Health System, see the newest weapon in the fight against HPV-related cancers, Atlantic Health System leads the Castle Connolly / Inside Jersey Rankings, and much more!

 

Obituaries

- Apr 11, 2018
Clark—Carleen Nevargic, 81, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at her home ...
Read more