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New Jersey State Police warn of social security phone scam

NEW JERSEY – New Jersey State Police is warning the public about a series of fraudulent phone calls (spoof calls) requesting social security numbers from private citizens.

The suspect(s) are using the legitimate phone number, 973-785-9419, for the New Jersey State Police Totowa Station and are posing as New Jersey State Troopers. During the calls, a man with a foreign accent will inform the victim that they are calling because they have identified them as a victim of identity theft. They attempt to obtain a social security number and date of birth for further verification, state police said.

The New Jersey State Police will never call anyone requesting personal information like your social security number or your date of birth, state police said.

Spoofing technology allows a person to have a fraudulent number appear on the caller ID. In other words, the suspect may be calling you from another state or country, but have a local number displayed, state police said.

If you receive a suspicious call, hang up the phone and do not provide any personal information, and immediately call your local police department or State Police station that services your area to report the incident.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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