UNION, NJ - Union police are alerting residents to continuing phone scams targeting elderly citizens.

According to police, the ongoing phone scams target elderly residents, many of whom are vulnerable to these types of phone calls.  Police are asking residents to take the time to offer assistance to elderly family members or neighbors to help them understand phone solicitations.

Police say the elderly should understand there is no need to send Amazon gift cards to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  A grandchild does not need bail money shipped to an address.  They want seniors to be aware that they will not win an international sweepstakes contest they hadn't entered and that the winner should not have to pay foreign taxes before getting any money.

"There are plenty of scams," say police.  "Please let your elderly relatives, friends, etc. know they should ask someone before sending money to a stranger."