Imposter scams come in many varieties, but all work the same way: a scammer pretends to be someone you trust or know to convince you to send them money. Please click here to find out more information about Imposter Scams from the Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information Center and please click here to find out about a common type of scam, the Grandparent Scam.
Please be advised that scammers have the technological ability to “spoof” legitimate government phone numbers. They may even ask you to “Google” the phone number shown on your caller ID to confirm that they are from a government agency. Search engines may even show that the number the scammers are calling from is the same number as a true government agency. However, the incoming phone number is often “spoofed” and not the true phone number.
If you cannot verify a caller’s identity, feel unsafe or suspect criminal activity, please contact the Township of Washington Police Department at 201-664-1140