MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – The Mount Olive Township Police Department is warning the public after a woman gave a substantial amount of money to a scammer.
On Feb. 9, a Mount Olive resident responded to police headquarters to report a fraudulent phone call that resulted in the loss of $1,500. The resident stated she received an incoming call from hat appeared to be the legitimate Mount Olive Police phone number (973-691-0850) from a male who identified himself as a Mount Olive Police Officer, police said.
The man, with a foreign accent, advised her she needed to send money in order to avoid being arrested. The resident then purchased and sent google play gift cards on two separate occasion to the person posing as a police officer, police said.
“Mount Olive Police will never contact a residence or business and ask for money orders or gift cards to be sent somewhere in lieu of being arrested. police said. If a warrant is issued for your arrest, an officer with identification or a uniformed Mount Olive Officer will notify you of the warrant and you will have to respond to the police station for additional paperwork,” police said.
“It is important for residents to be aware that phone and internet scams are evolving and becoming more malicious. If you feel you are the target of a scam, but you are not sure, contact the agency the caller represents directly. If you are not sure, contact the police for assistance before you send any money or gift cards to anyone,” police said.