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Consumer Tip: Avoid Crowdfunding Scams

Crowdfunding is one way to support a project you believe in and get rewards for that support. But the project you’re backing is only as good as the people behind it. Some dishonest people can take your money but produce nothing – no product, no project, and no reward. Here’s how crowdfunding works: People called […]

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Consumer Tip: Summer Vacations

Summer is near and that means vacations. With so many services offering discount vacations, it’s important to know how to avoid getting scammed. According to the Federal Trade Commission, here are some ways to ensure a relaxing vacation: Do some research First, get recommendations from family and friends on good travel agencies, vacation rentals, hotels […]

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Consumer Alert: One Ring’ Phone Scam

For illegal robocallers, the goal isn’t always getting you to answer. Sometimes, it’s getting you to call back. Every so often, your phone may ring once and then stop. If that happens to you, and you do not recognize the number, do not return the call. You may be the target of a “one-ring” phone […]

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Scam Alert: Payroll Scam

A new scam targets your direct deposit info and sends your paycheck to a criminal’s account. Please be aware of a scam that has been increasing in regularity, targeting municipal, state and school employees. While seeming to spread from the Midwest at the end of 2018, Upper Freehold (Monmouth County) reported an incident earlier this […]

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Consumer Tip: Netflix Phishing

Phishing is when someone uses fake emails or texts to get you to share valuable personal information – like account numbers, Social Security numbers, or your login IDs and passwords. Scammers use your information to steal your money, your identity, or both. They also use phishing emails to get access to your computer or network. […]

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Safety Tip: Ride Sharing Apps

Here are a few important safety tips provide the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office for when using a ride-sharing app/service: Request your ride inside – avoid spending unnecessary time outside alone with your phone in hand. Instead, wait indoors until your ride has arrived.Be a backseat rider – if you are riding alone, sit in the […]

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TIP: Protect yourself against Medicare scams

Still getting calls from people claiming to be from Medicare, asking for money or personal information? Here are a few important tips from the Federal Trade Commission: Hang up. If someone calls claiming to be from Medicare, asking for your Social Security number or bank information to get your new card or new benefits, that’s a […]

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TIP: Social Security Scam

A growing scam in the area involves people pretending to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and try to get your Social Security number or your money. That scam is now growing exponentially. To compare: in 2017, we heard from 3,200 people about SSA imposter scams, and those people reported losing nearly $210,000. So […]

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