ROXBURY TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – Roxbury Township police have issued a warning after a man came to a woman’s house to collect more than $10,000 in what police describe as a “bail bond scam.”
According to police, on April 24 a scammer contacted the victim over the phone and explained that her son was arrested for aggravated assault after he rear ended an undercover police officer with his vehicle. The scammer further explained the undercover police officer’s wife then contacted an attorney as a result of the accident.
The caller, who identified himself as an “employee of Chance Bail Bonds”, told the victim her son was in jail and the bail amount for his release was set at $10,500. He further told the victim a courier would respond from Chance Bail Bonds to her home and pick up the money. He explained Chance Bail Bonds recently began the courier service as a way to curb the spread of the COVID-19 Virus. Chance Bail Bonds ask the victim to provide her address and package the cash in a white envelope, which the victim did, police said.
Approximately 40 minutes later, a man, who was described as being Hispanic, about 6 feet tall and in his 20s with dark hair, arrived at her door equipped with a mask and gloves. The victim handed over the money and the suspect left in a black, four-door sedan, driven by an unknown individual, police said.
The next day, the victim received a second phone call advising she would need to pay an additional $25,000 in order for her son to be released from jail. The caller explained the officer’s wife sued for damages and won the $25,000 settlement, police said.
The victim told the caller she would withdraw the money from her bank and call once the money was ready. Family members questioned the victim and at that time the police were contacted,” police said.
“If you receive a call like this, contact the person who is ‘supposedly’ in jail and contact your local police department. Do not give any information over the phone and under no circumstances go to the bank to withdraw money,” police said.