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Police: Hackettstown QuickChek employee scammed by fake corporate caller

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – An employee at a Hackettstown QuickChek was scammed Wednesday into taking more than $2,000 from the store as part of a scam, according to police.

On Dec. 21, at around 12:35 p.m., police responded to the Express Mart, located at 321 Mountain Avenue, in reference to a Bitcoin scam, police said.

Upon arrival, officers met with employees from QuickChek, located at 80 Main Street, who advised that an employee received a text message from an individual she believed to be the boss, requesting she send money via Bitcoin to UPS, police said.

The employee then advised that she received a call from “Mike” who identified himself as an employee from corporate and advised that the money was needed for a UPS package being sent to the store. The employee believing that the request was legitimate, took $2,005 from the store and went to the local Coinflip machine, located at the Express Mart, to deposit the money, police said.

The employee received a QR code to scan indicating it was from UPS, police said.

The employee was then contacted by her actual boss who advised her that the call was a scam and to cancel the transaction. The attempt to cancel the transaction was unsuccessful, police said.

Hackettstown police are reminding people to be cautious of any caller demanding immediate payment.

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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