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Posted on: July 3, 2019

Scam Alert

Scam Alert

We would like to remind everyone to take extra precautions when you receive phone calls, emails, or letters in the mail where there are claims that you owe a company money. We are seeing many cases of attempted fraud and theft. If you have any doubt, ask for a call back number and then compare the number to one listed on a bill you have.

Example: Residents have received phone calls from JCP&L stating they will be shutting off their power if they do not make a payment within an hour. This is not a practice that JCP&L follows.

The IRS and Social Security Administration will not use automated recordings to contact you either. Again, if you receive an automated message / recording, write down specific information from the message and then reach out to the the IRS or Social Security Administration directly using their official requested contact methods.

Also, no one will call you asking for bail money for one of your relatives because there is an arrest warrant or in a motor vehicle crash. Legitimate companies will never ask you to pay a debt in gift cards so this is a great sign that the person calling is trying to scam you.

When in doubt, ask for a name and contact number, end the phone call, and then contact the company's official phone number. If you are a victim of a scam and a resident of Morris Township, please call (973) 539-0777 and press "0" to speak to a dispatcher in order to report the incident. 

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