SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ- Last week, a 70-year-old woman in Kendall Park was scammed out of $20,000 by a man pretending to be a lawyer. Thomas Osvaldo, 41, from the Bronx, New York, was arrested in North Jersey approximately one hour away from the resident’s home.
According to the South Brunswick Police, Osvaldo pretended to be a lawyer and told an elderly Kendall Park resident that her son was recently arrested. Mr. Osvaldo came to her house and collected $20,000 in cash for her son’s supposed bail.
South Brunswick Police were able to identify the car Osvaldo was driving in by the license plate, the car was tracked down with the help of the FBI and the New Jersey State Police. The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office issued a warrant for Osvaldo’s car and was able to retrieve the stolen money.
According to the Office of Emergency Management, there are over 100 cases of senior citizens being scammed out of nearly $3 million over the past three months in the state of New Jersey. Many of them are connected to the COVID-19 pandemic, as scammers will impersonate doctors and essential suppliers to obtain someone’s personal information.
The South Brunswick Police Department has reminded the community that groups such as the CDC, WHO and IRS will never contact an individual personally and to not give out any personal information over the phone or to an unfamiliar email address.