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Township of Hamilton Police
Friday October 19th, 2018 :: 03:18 p.m. EDT

Advisory

Fraud - Arrest

On September 28, 2018, Detective Van Gilder, of the Township of Hamilton Police Department, received a call from the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Department (Virginia), requesting assistance with a fraud investigation.  The fraudulent activity included victims being scammed into purchasing Best Buy gift cards, which the victims would then send electronically to the suspects. The fraudulently obtained gift cards (with a value in excess of $8,000.00), were used to make purchases at the Best Buy in Mays Landing. As a result of the investigation, and with the assistance of Best Buy Loss Prevention employees, two suspects were identified as Yanping Ye (34/F), and Wang Tang (45/M) of Galloway.  

On October 18th, Township of Hamilton detectives charged Yanping Ye with three counts of: theft by deception, fraudulent use of a credit card, and money laundering. Ye was also charged with one count of: conspiracy to commit theft by deception, conspiracy to commit fraudulent use of a credit card, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Wang Tang was charged with one count of: theft by deception, fraudulent use of a credit card, money laundering, conspiracy to commit theft by deception, conspiracy to commit fraudulent use of a credit card, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.  Both were released on a summons, pending court.  

The Township of Hamilton Police Department remind you to be suspicious of phone calls or emails that claim you are the winner of a prize and request you to send money or gift cards, to receive your prize.  Also, please remember a government agency, such as the IRS, would never require a payment in the form of any gift card. For more information about phone and email scams, please visit the following Federal Trade Commission website: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/scam-alerts

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Township of Hamilton Police
6101 13th St
Hamilton Township, NJ 08330

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