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Posted on: January 10, 2019

Scam Warning

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Scam involving online bank transfers:

Please be aware that we have received reports of a scam involving wire transfers and online bank accounts. Fraudsters target the CEO's and CFO's at various companies and gain access to their computers. They collect enough information to learn the types of billing the company uses, who the payees are and the average balances paid. They then “spoof” a customer or, in other words, take their identity, and provide the company with wire transfer instructions to a fraudulent bank account.

What to do if you feel like your company has been targeted or are a victim of a fraud:

Check to make sure the email you receive from the escrow company is actually from them. The logo might be askew or missing or you might find misspellings in the body of the email. Many savvy escrow companies will have a notice at the bottom warning customers about these crimes. If your email doesn't have this warning it could be fraudulent. The most crucial key in identifying a fraud wire transfer email is its urgency. Scammers will request the transaction be made "today." The best way to verify that your escrow wire transfer transaction is legitimate is to pick up the phone and call the escrow company.

If you find out you or your company has been a victim of some sort of fraud please call the Morris Township Police Department non-emergency number at (973) 539-0777 and press “0” to speak with a dispatcher and have a patrol officer respond to your location within Morris Township.

Sincerely, Chief Mark DiCarlo

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