GLEN ROCK, NJ - Police are warning of scammers who are using fear and panic to take advantage of people, causing them to make decisions they would normally not make.
"Take a second and think it through," Glen Rock Police said in their police blotter this week. "Ask friends and family. Please refer to LEGITIMATE OFFICIAL SOURCES for your information. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media are often sources of false information which is easily spread to many people. Please stop and think about what you are actually doing and verify any suspect advice you may be hearing."
And to that end, on March 20, an 18-year-old Glen Rock woman contacted what she thought was Apple support seeking to recover photos which had been stored on an Apple device, according to police.
She gave the purported representative access to her phone and $1,899 was transferred from her bank account, police said. The woman’s father then provided access to his phone and $2,345 was transferred from his account.
After both realizing that these transactions were fraudulent, the father contacted the bank concerning the compromised accounts. The detective bureau is currently reviewing the matter.