LITTLE FALLS/WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Local police departments are warning residents about scam phone calls that residents have received.
In Little Falls, a resident reported that they received a scam call that "spoofed" the victim's caller ID so that it appeared to come from the Police Department. The victim was advised that his Social Security number had been stolen, and that he would have to pay $1,000 in Target gift cards in order to protect his Social Security account.
The Little Falls Police Department say that they would never call asking for any form of payment over the phone. If any resident receives a call that appears to come from the department and you are suspicious about its authenticity, it is always best to call them at 973-256-0200 for verification.
The Woodland Park Police Department is also reporting a higher than normal amount of complaints on residents getting scam phone calls. The calls are mostly targeting the elderly. The basis of the scam is that something happened to a grandchild and that they need money right away. They may use reasons that they were involved in a car accident, they may be very ill or have been arrested.
If you receive a call like this, confirm with your family first before sending any money. The Department suggests that you educate your parents or grandparents about these scams. Any questions, contact the Woodland Park Detective Bureau at 973-345-8116.