Upper Saddle River police warn of fake law enforcement scam involving gift cards

Police say they will never ask for payments in the form of gift cards or solicit bail payment over the phone.

Lanette Espy

Apr 17, 2024, 2:21 PM

Updated 38 days ago

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Upper Saddle River police say they're looking into two scam cases that occurred over the last three days involving residents who were told by fake law enforcement that family members were in trouble, facing legal action and needed to send cash or gift cards to help.
Authorities say suspected Uber drivers picked up the money, and pictures of gift cards were sent through various messaging apps.
This kind of scam is increasingly common involving the request for large quantities of cash or gift cards, according to authorities.
Police say they will never ask for payments in the form of gift cards or solicit bail payment over the phone.
Any residents with information regarding an attempted or successful scam should call the Upper Saddle River Police Department at 201-327-2700.


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