WESTFIELD, NJ — Two Hudson County men accused of defrauding an elderly Westfield woman of $93,000 were arrested Tuesday as they attempted to scam her out of an additional $40,000 in cash, police said.
Police arrested Brandon Reyes, 27, of Union City, and Walter Rosario, 28, of Jersey City, in Westfield at 11:16 a.m., Chief Christopher Battiloro said in a statement Wednesday. Authorities believe Reyes and Rosario are part of other similar schemes “involving other unidentified perpetrators and many other victims,” Battiloro said.
The Westfield woman thought she was providing money to an arrested relative through an attorney, a type of scheme, Battiloro said, is becoming increasingly common.
“Criminals are persistently targeting our most vulnerable residents. They all need to be fully aware of this fraudulent scheme and others to avoid becoming victims,” Battiloro said. “If you are suspicious, before you transfer any monies, contact the Westfield Police Department.”
Reyes also faces weapons possession charges for hiding one knife on his person and another knife in his vehicle, police said. Authorities charged Rosario for possession of spring-loaded knife, police said. Both men have been released, pending a court date, police said.
Earlier this month someone posing as a computer repair service scammed a Westfield man out of $12,000. It was among a series of frauds to reported to local law enforcement in recent months, something that had in December prompted Westfield police to hold a seminar for local seniors on how to avoid common scams.
“The amount of fraudulent activity occurring these days is overwhelming,” Battiloro said.
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