Ewing: Ewing police warn of scammers

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Scam Alert : police warn residents be careful of scammers

www.TheTrentonPost.com

609-310-NEWS (6397)

Friday morning The Ewing Township police issued scam warning

Hang Up on Phone Fraud…..Be aware of the warning signs and hang up on Phone Fraud…..

Scammers create fake emergencies to get your money

“I lost my wallet and ID. I’m stranded — please wire money.”

“Your grandson is being held in jail. He needs bail money right away.”

Scammers try to trick you into thinking a loved one is in trouble. They call text, email, or send messages on social media about a supposed emergency with a family member or friend. They ask you to send money immediately. To make their story seem real, they may claim to be an authority figure, like a lawyer or police officer; they may have or guess at facts about your loved one. These imposters may insist that you keep quiet about their demand for money to keep you from checking out their story and identifying them as imposters. But no matter how reaI or urgent it seems—it’s a scam

If you get a call or message like this, what to do?

Check it out before you act. Look up that friend or family’s phone number yourself. Call them or another family member to see what’s happening.

Don’t pay. Don’t wire money, send a check, overnight a money order, or pay with a gift card or cash reload card. Anyone who demands payment in these ways is always, always, always a scammer. These payment methods are like giving cash — and nearly untraceable, unless you act almost immediately.

If you sent money to a family emergency scammer, contact the company you used to send the money (wire transfer service, bank, gift Card Company, or cash reload Card Company) and tell them it was a fraudulent transaction. Ask to have the transaction reversed if possible

Report the message on line to www.FTC.gov/complaint

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Advertise with the Trenton post call 609-310-6397

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