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State Police warn of phone scam threatening to harm victim’s family

Law enforcement agencies in New Jersey began investigating last week a phone scam that threatens to harm victims’ family members if money is not wired to the caller. The most recent incident was reported to the New Jersey State Police Perryville Station, state police said.

The details of each respective occurrence vary slightly, however, there are several factors common with all of the incidents. All of the calls are made from 331-240-1294 and a computerized voice claims to be watching the victim’s house. The message directs the victim to call the above number and threatens to harm their family if money is not wired as per their instructions, state police said.

“If you receive a call like the one described, please notify your local police immediately. DO NOT, under any circumstance, call the number back or wire money to the caller,” state police said.

The incidents are currently under investigation, state police said.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook

(Photo: Courtesy New Jersey State Police)