Recently the Bridgewater Police Department has seen an increase in the number of residents reporting that they have received telephone or e-mail communications from people claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The IRS does not seek to collect back or overdue tax liabilities via the telephone, e-mail or social media. If you believe you have received a fraudulent IRS communication, please refer to this information from the IRS:
All IRS Scams attempts should be reported to the U.S. Treasury Department via this link
Other Phone Scams
The Bridgewater Police Department would like to warn the residents and business owners of a possible phone scam being perpetrated where the caller demands money in lieu of an immediate arrest. The scammers are masking their phone numbers to appear as though the call is originating from a legitimate law enforcement agency. This is commonly referred to as “spoofing”. The caller tells the victims that there is a warrant for their arrest and that they can send money to avoid arrest. The caller will tell their victims to buy rechargeable money cards, (Green Dot, Money Pak) scratch the back of the cards exposing the serial numbers and give the caller the serial numbers. Once the money has been sent there is little that can be done to retrieve the funds.
If you receive a call from a law enforcement agency that is threatening arrest and demanding money over the phone, hang-up immediately and contact your local police department or the agency that the caller is allegedly from. No legitimate government agency is going to threaten arrest unless money is paid to them over the phone, especially with the use of Green Dot or Money Pak cards.
Statement from JCP&L:
“We want to make you aware of a long-running, nationwide utility scam that is again being reported in New Jersey. The scam involves a caller posing as an electric company employee threatening to shut off power unless an immediate payment is made, using a pre-paid debit card such as a Green Dot Card.
These pre-paid cards are available at convenience stores and drug stores, and customers can use them to pay bills or add money to online accounts. However, JCP&L does not endorse the use of Green Dot cards as a bill payment method. Although our company representatives sometimes do call customers to remind them that a payment is past due, they explain how a payment can be made using one an established payment option.
Any customer who has doubts about a call from someone claiming to be from JCP&L, especially one demanding immediate payment, should call JCP&L customer service number at 1800-662-3115
MoneyPak stated, ‘If you give your MoneyPak number or information about the purchase transaction to a criminal, Green Dot is not responsible for paying you back. Your MoneyPak is not a bank account. The funds are not insured against loss.”
If a customer receives a call from someone demanding payment of their electric bill by using a Green Dot card, they are being scammed and should report the crime to local authorities. Although our company representatives sometimes do call customers to remind them that a payment is past due, they explain how a payment can be made using one of the following established payment options:
· Direct Debit
· Automated Phone Payment – 1-866-569-4770
· Authorized Payment Location – www.firstenergycorp.com/forms/paymentagencies
Any customer who has doubts about a call from someone claiming to be from JCP&L, especially one demanding immediate payment, should call JCP&L’s customer service number at 1-800-662-3115. For more information, visit www.firstenergycorp.com/paymentoptions.
We continue to receive calls from residents and businesses that have been victims of phone scams demanding payment from greendot MoneyPak cards. Most impostors pose from PSE&G or the IRS. If you receive a phone call from anyone posing as a employee from a company demanding payment by a greendot MoneyPak card, hang up and do not follow their demands. Most impostors are from another state or even another country. Click on the links below for more information on how you can protect yourself and more information on these scams: