HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – A bank employee helped stop an elderly man from becoming a victim of a scam, police said.
On Aug. 7, at around 4:20 p.m., police responded to the Fulton Bank, located at 176 Mountain Ave, in reference to a possible scam.
Through a police investigation it was determined that an 80-year-old man received multiple phone calls from two alleged officers threatening him that he would be arrested for a crime discovered in Texas near the Mexico border, police said.
The scammers stated that a crime scene was discovered in an abandoned car with blood stains and 22 pounds of cocaine. They then told the victim that the car belonged to him and that he needed to wire money to resolve the issue, police said.
The man went to the bank and attempted to withdrawal $40,000 which he was going to wire to the Office of the Inspector General. A bank employee stopped the man from withdrawing the money and stated to him that he was being scammed, police said.
Police determined that this was a scam.
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