ALERT- VARIOUS SCAMS TAKING PLACE WITHIN THE AREA
The Fairfield Police Department is warning the community about several phone and mail scams that are taking place in our community. We are asking all citizens to be vigilant against these predators and to contact the police before sending any of your life savings to these scammers. The scams being seen in the area include the following:
IRS PHONE SCAM
In this scam, a person calls and claims to be from the Internal Revenue Service and tells the intended victim that they owe back taxes and if they don't pay immediately, agents will be sent to arrest them and seize their property. These individuals are sophisticated enough to make it appear that they are calling from a (202) area code which is Washington DC, but they are not. Citizens should be aware that the actual Internal Revenue Service does not conduct business over the phone.
JAIL/KIDNAPPING PHONE SCAM
In these cases, the intended victim is told that a relative has been either arrested or is in some type of trouble and that they need to send money quickly in order to get them out of trouble. The callers usually will have a name of someone in the family and will use it to make the victim really believe their loved one is in trouble. Citizens should never immediately send money but rather ask the caller for a call back number and then attempt to contact the loved one to assure they are alright.
LOTTERY MAIL SCAM
On at least one recent occasion, a resident of Fairfield received the letter and check seen below which was designed to make the victim believe he won a lottery. The scam continues by having the victim contact a number and to receive further instructions. Eventually, the scammers will have the victim either send money to them or will ask for bank account information.
STOLEN VEHICLE ALERT
The Fairfield Police Department is adamantly warning motorists not to leave their vehicles idling while unattended. While it is against state law to do so, the bigger concern is the increase of stolen vehicles occurring in the West Essex area over the past few months that have been taken as a result of motorists who have done just that. The most recent incident took place on Saturday March 2, 2013 at the A-1 Sunoco station at the intersection of Passaic Avenue and Greenbrook Road. A 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer was taken in just a few seconds when the owner ran into the store.
MEETING NOTICE-TRAFFIC AND CRIME PREVENTION COMMITTEE
Chief Charles Voelker will be hosting his monthly meeting of the Citizens Traffic and Crime Prevention Committee. The chief will discuss issues relating to each topic and will field questions about law enforcement activities in Fairfield. The meeting will be held at the Fairfield Community Center, 376 Hollywood Avenue, on Augsut 21, 2012 at 7:00 P.M. Everyone is welcome to attend.
- Call our tips hotline: (973) 227-9290
Please call 2-1-1 to report any suspicious activities
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