Police report scams in Burlington County
Aug 25, 2014 07:41AM ● Published by Community News Service
The Bordentown City Police Department advises residents and
business owners that there have been various scams occurring within several
Burlington County townships. One criminal scam regards an unknown suspect
calling and stating that they are a Sheriff’s officer for Burlington County.
The suspect will state that you have missed jury duty and there is a warrant
for your arrest. The suspect will demand that you obtain a Green-Dot money card
and bring it to the Burlington County court facilities so you don’t get
arrested. The Burlington County Sheriff’s Department advised that they do not
contact anyone and request any type of payment over the phone. The Police Department
advises residents who receive this call to hang up immediately.
Another ongoing scam throughout the area involves suspects coming to your home. The suspects may state that they are with a utility company and there is a problem with your home. The suspects say that they need to enter your home to view or fix the problem. The suspects will then attempt to distract you while the second suspect disappears and looks for valuables. The Bordentown City Police Department wants to remind everyone that utility companies like PSEG, Verizon or Comcast will not come to your door like this. “If this happens to you, do not allow the person to enter your home. Contact the Police immediately and they can confirm that the person is an actual employee of the Company,” the Bordentown Police suggested in an email alert.
In yet another recent scam a person will call and advise
that they are with Microsoft and there is a problem with your computer. The
person will want you to log on to your computer and disable all firewalls and
anti-virus programs. The person will then advise you to complete a set of
instructions that will allow them to obtain any personal information which may
be on your computer. Again the Bordentown City Police Department reminds
everyone that Microsoft will not contact you in this manner.
“Please be careful whenever anyone calls you and requests information. If you believe the person calling you appears to be a scam end the call immediately,” the Police Department said.