UNION, NJ - The Union Police Department is reminding residents, especially elderly residents, to be vigilant against scams during and pertaining to the COVID-19 outbreak.

According to police, the elderly are still being targeted with 'grandchild in distress' calls.  Police say scammers are now also trying to take advantage of the COVID-19 situation by targeting people while they are in a heightened emotional state due to quarantines by asking for donations for those less fortunate.  "It is nice to be charitable," said police, "but only give to organizations you are comfortable with."  Police say if residents have doubts about who is calling asking for money, call their main dispatch at 908-851-5000 and discuss the call with a police officer.

Additionally, police ask, if there is someone suspicious or a problem that needs police attention, call the police before posting on Facebook. "We have a full complement of officers available to assist you and keep you safe," say police.