SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Who doesn't want to answer the phone to the news of winning 2.5 million dollars? Well, in the case of one borough resident the call was a scam, but one that included his social security number. The resident did not fall victim to the scam, but did alert the Spotswood Police Department.
Lieutenant Les Genovese detailed the scam and urged residents to beware of similar cons and to take steps to protect personal information such as social security numbers.
"The victim recognized that this was in fact a scam and reported it immediately to this agency," Genovese said in a Neighborhood Watch Alert. "The mere fact that the suspect knew the victim's social security number is a real concern. I am asking all of you to be vigilant and aware of these kinds of scams."
The caller, who identified himself as Davis Sayers, knew the victim's full name and social security number. After informing the victim of the 2.5 million prize, he asked for a $100,000 charity donation and provided a bank number.
Genovese urged residents to be "proactive" when it comes to protecting their personal information.