Ocean County Sheriff warns residents of New Phone Scam

Ocean County Sheriff Michael G. Mastronardy is urging residents to hang up if they suspect that a phone call is a scam.

Ocean County officials were previously warning residents of scam calls that were threatening fines and jail time for failing to respond to jury duty. Now they are warning residents about the Social Security scam that is attempting to convince residents that their Social Security number has been compromised.

We want all of our residents and especially our seniors, to be aware that these scams are out there and anyone can be targeted,” said Ocean County Freeholder Deputy Director John P. Kelly, who serves as Director of Law and Public Safety. “We all need to be vigilant and always remember to never give out personal information at the request of a caller.”

While it is unclear whether the current scam is part of the ongoing series of fraudulent phone schemes over the past two years that have mostly been aimed towards senior citizens in Ocean County – Sheriff Mastronardy has now been impersonated twice by them.

“I want to emphasize that no local, county, state or federal law enforcement officer will ever call you and request gift cards or your personal banking information to satisfy fines or other activities,” said Sheriff Mastronardy. “Furthermore, no one from local, county, state, or federal law enforcement will ever call to threaten anyone with arrest either.”

Mastronardy noted that some of the officers in the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office have also been called by the scammers stating that the Social Security Services has suspended their Social Security number due to fraudulent activity.

The con artists claim to be federal agents who tell the caller that they have been the victim of identity theft, specifically saying that their Social Security number hasbeen compromised and was being used for maliciouspurposes. The “agent” states that their identity has beenused to make purchases in their name, and that the caller’s savings account was on the verge of being wiped out unless they contacted the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office and spoke to Mastronardy personally to resolve the issue.

One resident who responded to the call was told by the “agent” to withdraw all the money he had in the bank and to transfer it to multiple gift cards that were to be purchased from some area box stores to avoid being arrested for fraudulent use of his Social Security number. The “agent”stated that he would be issued a new Social Security card the next day with a check for the money he had withdrawn and transferred onto the gift cards. Unfortunately, once the money was gone, so were the con artists, with no check in return.

“The problem is that these scam artists have developed a relatively sophisticated set up where our residents are fooled by the telephone numbers they are seeing and are frightened into paying the scammers,” Mastronardy said.If you are concerned about a phone call, call your local police department to check the accuracy of the information.

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  1. I leave in EY and revived
    a call on my DSL line from phone number 646-776-8592 they said they are calling from amazon and someone made an order from my amazon account and if I was not me and I want to cancel I need to type some address into my browser. before typing in the address they gave me I right checked my amazon account and didnt see any order I asked them and they said its an order that the hackers do in a way that I cannot see it. then i checked my credit card and there was no charge I said that to them and told them I WILL NOT TYPE IN THE ADDRESS THEY GAVE ME SINCE THAT WILL GIVE THEM TO LOG ON TO MY LAPTOP THEY SAID THEY MUST DO IT TO GET MY IP ADDRESS TO STOP THE HACKER!! once i told them I know its a scam and they are the hackers they hung up the phone

  2. I live in Lakewood and also got the Amazon scam call on Friday. Amazon will not call you. The best advice I would give is to hang up and call the company yourself (not with the phone number the scammers give) and question the company directly.

  3. Got the Social Security scam call twice. Hang up! Social Security Administration also does not make phone calls, especially not regarding your eligibility, number or status.

  4. I received a phone call telling me there was suspicious activity concerning my Social Security and that my SS # was suspended. I was to “press a number to be connected to an “AGENT” to help clarify this matter. I hung up without further action. I know NO TRUE GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVE will contact me by phone.

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