Feds warn New Jersey residents of possible phone pressure scam

(11/12/04) NEPTUNE Federal agents are warning New Jersey residents of a possible phone scam in which solicitors pressure victims into giving out confidential information.

Neptune resident Panthea Garcia says she may have been the target of such a scheme. Garcia says she received a call from a person, claiming to be part of a government organization, in which she was told she was selected to receive a grant of more than $8,000.

The catch? The person on the other end of the phone wanted some of Garcias bank information, which she didnt feel comfortable disclosing. Garcia says three different people tried to get the information from her for more than a half hour.

Federal officials say this type of possible phone scam is called an Advanced Fee Scheme. According to authorities, it is a method used by criminals to collect money from unsuspecting victims.

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