May 26, 2022

BERKELEY, NJ — Berkeley Township police are warning residents that financial scams are on the rise and they want residents to be aware so they don’t fall victim to the scams.

Financial scams are one of the most common crimes reported to the Berkeley Township Police Department, police said.

“Crooks both foreign and domestic attempt to exploit the finances of our residents on a daily basis. Often times the money is wired overseas or sent via gift cards before it is ever reported to us,” the department said.

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There is a multitude of scams, including the Grandparent Scam, where a caller claims to be the person’s grandchild and says they need help because they are in jail or have been in an accident, and scams involving people pretending to be from various utility companies.

With tax season here, the IRS scams are heating up.

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Do not listen to false IRS phone call scams threatening arrest or fines, police said.

“As intimidating as it can be, it’s a SCAM! If you are unsure please call us before you send your money to these crooks,” Berkeley police said.

If someone calls begging for help or demanding immediate payment, hang up. If it’s a caller claiming to be with your utility company or bank or the IRS, hang up. You can your bank or utility company using the number on your most recent statement. You can call the IRS directly…

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