FLORHAM PARK, NJ - Florham Park police report that a resident of Florham Park was recently the victim of a "grandparent scam" and lost $7,000 as a result.
On January 26, Florham Park Police responded to a residence to take a report of a fraud. The victim reported to officers that a phone call was received from an attorney advising that the victim’s grandson had been arrested in Massachusetts and needed bail money. The victim was advised to make 3 separate wire transactions from 3 separate locations. Following the transfer of over $7000, the victim contacted her grandson and learned he had not been arrested and realized the phone call was fraudulent and the victim had been scammed out of the money.
This incident is a typical grandparent scam in which a con artist calls or emails the victim posing as a relative in distress or someone claiming to represent the relative (such as a lawyer or law enforcement agent). The "relative" of the grandparent explains he or she is in trouble and needs their grandparent to wire them funds that will be used for bail money, lawyer’s fees, hospital bills, or another fictitious expense.
Florham Park residents are urged to use extreme caution when sending money to anyone. Police advise to always be suspicious when someone asks you to wire money or to pay a debt with gift cards or prepaid debit cards and always take time to research before sending money.
This incident remains under investigation by the Florham Park Police Department Detective Bureau. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Detective Sergeant Scott Bartell of the Florham Park Police Department at (973) 410-5441 or Morris County Crime Stoppers at 973-COP-CALL.