The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office is urging the public to be wary of two phone scams targeting residents and businesses in Camden County.
In one scam, callers pose as sheriff’s officers in order to try to extort money from victims with the threat of arrest. This type of scam has previously surfaced in Camden County and has being used elsewhere in the country. Earlier this week, two such incidents were reported in Camden County.
In both cases, the caller used “ID spoofing” software that disguises the caller’s real phone number with another number, in these cases the phone number for the Camden County Sheriff’s Office. To the caller ID of the person receiving the call, it appeared the call was coming from the Camden County Sheriff’s Office.
In both instances, the caller told the targets they owed taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and if they did not pay then they would be arrested. The caller posing as the sheriff’s officer told the targets to call him back at a phone number with a Washington, D.C. area code (202). The targets were also instructed to deposit money into a Bank of America account.
Both of the targets called the number that showed up on their caller ID, which connected them with the real Camden County Sheriff’s Office. Neither person paid the caller any money.
In the other scam, callers posed as PSE&G representatives and tried to extort money from victims by threatening to shut off their utilities. Two incidents were reported in Somerdale in recent weeks, including one case earlier this week.
The callers targeted businesses in both cases. The targets were instructed to use a Green Dot prepaid debit card to make payment. One of the businesses fell victim and paid $1,000.
It is important to note that the Camden County Sheriff’s Office does not handle tax issues for the IRS. Additionally, PSE&G does not require that a Green Dot prepaid debit card must be used to make payment.
Citizens should be aware that they may be targeted and be wary of any such requests made over the phone.
Anyone who believes they may be a victim or target of either scam or has information is urged to contact the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Special Prosecutions Unit at (856) 225-8469. Those with information pertinent to Somerdale Police should call (856) 428-6324, ext. 2900.
Information may also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Released Friday, October 9, 2015.