WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - The Wood-Ridge Police Department has issued a warning to all borough residents about a series of telephone scams.

The department recently received a report from a Wood-Ridge resident that they received a phone call which appeared to be from the Wood-Ridge Police. The resident believed they were speaking with the department as the suspect asked to confirm their identity using the last four digits of the social security number. The suspect then advised the resident to pay a mandatory fee, or they would be sent to prison. The unsuspecting resident was given specific instructions on how and where to purchase several EBay gift cards and provided the serial number for payment. The suspect used a phone app to fraudulently display this agency’s phone number on the resident’s caller identification. 

Wood-Ridge Police Chief John Korin warns all residents that telephone scams happen in many different ways, whether the suspect utilizes a utility company or the “IRS” (Internal Revenue Service) looking for payment or a law enforcement agency looking for payment to bail a loved one out of jail.  Most of the time, the suspects will request the unintended victim to purchase gift cards and send the serial numbers off the back of the card or just send cash said Korin.

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Chief Korin urges all residents to never provide personal or financial information over the phone.  He reminds the public to remember that the phone scams can be very convincing, but do not give in to the requests. 

If a resident receives a suspicious phone call requesting money or gift cards, contact the WRPD for assistance at 201-939-0476. 


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