MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - The South Brunswick Police Department is warning residents to be aware of fraudulent emails, texts and phone calls following numerous reported incidents of fraud in the township. Some residents were wary of the scheme and were able to back out of it, others lost a considerable amount of money, according to the police.

            Recently, a resident was threatened with account overages and was directed to buy $2,000 in Amazon gift cards and supply the numbers to the caller. Another was threatened with arrest on outstanding warrant unless they supplied $5,000 in Target and Nike gift cards.

            Two residents were targeted with online scams. One resident supplied $6,000 in target gift cards as payment to Microsoft to unlock their computer. Another was sent an email from someone pretending to be a colleague directing them to buy $600 in Apple gift cards and supply the numbers.

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            The South Brunswick Police is alerting residents to always be suspicious of anyone asking for payment via gift card. No government agency or company will ever ask for payment in the form of gift cards, the police’s notice to the public states.

            They also warn of anyone who asks for money and refuses to talk on the phone, as scammers will often disguise themselves as different people online or over text messages. If you receive a suspicious phone call, hang up right away to avoid being coerced into sending money. If you believe that you are the victim of fraud, contact the police immediately.