WEST ORANGE, NJ — The following incidents of identity theft and fraud were among some of the crimes reported in West Orange in the last few weeks.
1. A woman came to police headquarters to report that she was just at the Office of Community Affairs to provide income verification for rent assistance. According to the police report, she told police that she was advised that income did not qualify because she was well over the financial limit.
Upon reviewing her income verification, the woman noted large payments to her from a company that she does not work for. She told the police she never received the funds.
The total payments during a two-year period amounted to $126,945. The woman stated that when filing the previous years’ income tax returns, these payments were not listed. Police said she was provided with a WOPD theft packet to report this incident.
2. A man told West Orange police that he answered an advertisement on Internship.com regarding an internship position at Prudential Financial and was subsequently advised that his internship had been approved and to await further details. A few days later, he received an email instructing him to cash a check for $1500 that was included in the email.
According to the police report, the check was written on an account belonging to NFI. He was told to keep $200 for supplies. The fraud victim was then instructed to deposit the remaining $1300 into a Wells Fargo account belonging to NFI.
The man was later advised by Chase Bank that his account was overdrawn due to the check being fraudulent, according to police. Police said the victim attempted to call the person who advised him about the internship, but could not reach the person.
When the victim called Prudential Financial in Newark to inquire further about the internship, he was advised that the advertisement was fraudulent, and to contact the police.