Camden, N.J. – Detectives are warning residents about a scam targeting the elderly during quarantine after two Camden County households were scammed out of thousands of dollars.
Multiple cases have been reported throughout various counties, according to police. Detectives said the victim or victims typically receive a phone call from a person posing as a lawyer or family member who says a child or grandchild has been arrested and needs to be bailed out of jail.
The victims are then instructed to collect cash from the bank and wait at home where a bail bondsman will meet them due to the quarantine. Police said the person posing as a bondsman accepts the cash and they’re never heard from again.
“A victim in Cherry Hill lost over $10,000 and another in Gloucester Twp. was scammed out of more than $25,000,” said Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer. “Based on the circumstances, this appears to be an organized, targeted effort to defraud vulnerable adults who believe they are just trying to help their loved ones.”
Investigators said if someone calls you asking for bail money, ask what jail your family member is reportedly being held in, note the phone number they are calling from, and hang up. Then call the detention facility and ask for confirmation that your loved one is being detained before making any decisions.
If you have any information that could help investigators, please contact Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Alex Burckhardt at 609-789-7330, Gloucester Township Police Detective Sgt. Anthony Massi at 856-302-7052 or Cherry Hill Police Detective Anthony Sorrentino at 856-432-8825.