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South Brunswick Twp Police Department
Monday February 1st, 2016 :: 04:23 p.m. EST

FRAUD ALERT - Numerous residents report receiving call from Department of Treasury on Monday. This is a fraud.

South Brunswick Police have taken several reports from residents that they received an automated message from someone claiming to be from the Department of Treasury. These calls have been reported throughout the Township. Similar calls have been received in neighboring communities.

THESE CALLS ARE A FRAUD. Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately

Residents report that the caller ID that shows up appears the calls are coming from (201) number and may appear on your caller ID as AARP. This is also false.

Here are some helpful guidelines

  • Scammers make unsolicited calls.  They demand that the victim pay a bogus tax bill. They con the victim into sending cash, usually through a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. They may also leave “urgent” callback requests through phone “robo-calls,” or via phishing email.


  • Callers try to scare their victims.  Many phone scams use threats to intimidate and bully a victim into paying. They may even threaten to arrest, deport or revoke the license of their victim if they don’t get the money


  •  Scams use caller ID spoofing.  Scammers often alter caller ID to make it look like the IRS or another agency is calling. The callers use IRS titles and fake badge numbers to appear legitimate. They may use the victim’s name, address and other personal information to make the call sound official.


  • Cons try new tricks all the time.  Some schemes provide an actual IRS address where they tell the victim to mail a receipt for the payment they make. Others use emails that contain a fake IRS document with a phone number or an email address for a reply. These scams often use official IRS letterhead in emails or regular mail that they send to their victims. They try these ploys to make the ruse look official.


  • Scams cost victims over $23 million.  The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, or TIGTA, has received reports of about 736,000 scam contacts since October 2013. Nearly 4,550 victims have collectively paid over $23 million as a result of the scam.

Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.

Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. You can also call 800-366-4484.

Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" in the notes.

South Brunswick Twp Police Department
540 Ridge Rd
South Brunswick Township, NJ 08852

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 732-329-4646

Captain James Ryan

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