UNION, NJ – Union police are warning residents about a scam involving a woman asking passersby for cash.

Officers from Union's Street Crimes Unit found a woman on Monday walking in and out of traffic on Vauxhall Road at Hilton Avenue, near the Rt. 78 west exit, with a handwritten sign that read, “I have 1 baby - please in the name of God help me to buy baby stuff and diapers”. 

The woman claims to be from Romania; now living in Queens.  She was asking for cash for her baby, but police say, she had a $500 purse, some jewelry and a new iPhone X.  She did not appear to be in critical need of cash.

Sign Up for E-News

An investigation by police led the woman to admit that she and several other women got dropped off to panhandle throughout New Jersey. She was issued a ticket for ‘impeding the flow of traffic’ and received a township summons for ‘soliciting without a permit’.  Police say the woman does not appear to be a victim of human trafficing, but that she appears "to be a transient criminal". 

“It is nice to be charitable, but it's not a good idea to donate to someone on the side of the road with a sign,” read the Union Police social media post.  “If you see someone who may need help, you can call our headquarters and our officers will respond and assess.”