Paramus Police Scam Alert
By Mel Fabrikant Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT
Paramus Police would like to alert residents of suspicious telephone calls by someone requesting money for an assortment of scams. Over the past several months the Paramus Police Criminal Investigation Bureau has been investigating Telemarketing Fraud schemes, which include relatives in trouble requesting money, as well as the victim winning a 2013 Mercedes Benz or large sums of money.
In the latest report Detective Keith DiMascio investigated a call from a private number informing the resident that she had won a large amount of money. In order to collect the money she had to send a $300.00 cashiers check to the caller. Borough residents also received numerous calls from a male reporting that he was with the IRS and that each resident owed $2,350.00 in back taxes. The resident was advised to purchase Green dot moneypak cards from Walmart and mail the cards to Sunnyvale, Ca or an arrest warrant would be issued for the resident.
In yet other incidents residents received calls reporting a family member was in a serious accident in Dominican Republic or arrested in Virginia and needed bail money. The victims were advised to send the money through Western Union transfers.
All Paramus victims range in age from 51 to 86 years old. None of the residents reported sending money to any of the scammers. Detectives are continuing to analyze the information—looking for common threads that link complaints and help identify the scammers. It’s very difficult to get your money back if you’ve been cheated over the telephone.
Tips for Avoiding Telemarketing Fraud:
• Never send money or give out personal information such as credit card numbers, expiration dates, bank account numbers, dates of birth, or social security numbers to unfamiliar companies or unknown persons.
• Resist the pressure to act quickly.
• Don’t pay for a “free prize.”
• Try to contact the family member to determine whether or not the call is legitimate.
• Never wire money based on a request made over the phone especially overseas.
• Notify your local police department.