NUTLEY, NJ - In the latest attempt to defraud a township resident, an individual claiming to be an Amazon representative, took over a local computer in order to "resolve an issue."
According to a report filed with the Nutley Police Department, a resident was advised of a fraudulent charge of $121.99 by someone claiming to be from Amazon. The "representative" claimed they needed to gain remote access to the victim's computer.
The victim allowed access to their computer. The victim also shared their date of birth and last four digits of their credit card with the caller.
The victim became suspicious after a few minutes and ended the call, but noticed that the caller still had access to their computer. The victim was then able to disconnect the caller from their computer.
The victim contacted Amazon and learned nothing had been charged through Amazon. They also contacted their financial institution.
Nutley Police Chief Thomas Strumolo and Director Alphonse Petracco sent a Township Alert to residents advising of this scam.