Edison Police Warn Residents About Phone Scam

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EDISON —  The Edison Police Department is warning residents about a scam that has been reported, with the perpetrators apparently targeting the township’s Asian population.

The persons conducting this scam posed as representatives of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and calling victims with claims that they owe back taxes to the federal government. The victims are told that if they pay the fines immediately, an alleged arrest warrant will be voided. Victims are told to purchase Green Dot Prepaid Credit Cards at Walmart Stores or other retailers and forward the account information to the perpetrator(s). In some cases, the amounts requested are several thousands of dollars.

Police say that there have been at least seven incidents in Edison within the last few months.

Police are encouraging members of the public to report any suspicious phone calls they believe to be related to this scam to Special Agent John McBride of the U.S. Department of Treasury at 732-418-3909 or their local police department.

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