Police Investigating Telephone Scams in New Providence; Residents Urged to Use Caution

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Police are warning residents to be aware of criminals calling people and claiming his or her grandchild is in trouble and needs money.

On Feb. 1, police took a report from a New Providence resident who was contacted by someone posing as her 16-year-old grandson. The person claiming to be her grandson stated that he was in prison in Peru and needed bail money. Then someone posing as a police officer got on the phone and told her she needed to send $2,700 via Western Union to an address in Peru. The resident contacted her daughter, who said the grandson was not in Peru and was not in jail.

On Feb. 9, another borough resident was contacted by someone claiming to be from an attorney’s office in Maryland and told the resident her granddaughter had been arrested for DWI. The person claimed that the resident needed to send $4,700.00 to him to cover legal fees and to get the granddaughter out of jail. 

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The resident wired the money via Western Union to a check cashing business in Greenbelt, Maryland. Detectives are investigating this scam with the Greenbelt, Maryland Police Department. 

Police stress that residents should check identities and to make sure all information is legitimate before sending any money or giving out any personal information. They also emphasize to be suspicious of anyone who wants money sent by wire, as it’s hard to trace and can't be recovered. Also, police say be suspicious of anyone who claims to be with a government agency, claims to be someone you care about, or wants you to act immediately.

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