NUTLEY, NJ — Frauds being run on Nutley residents isn’t a new phenomenon; local police have been warning about them for years. But despite police officers’ attempts to stem the tide of shady scams, they keep happening, authorities say.
Last week, the Nutley Police Department issued an advisory about one of the latest frauds being reported in the township.
According to Police Director Alphonse Petracco and Chief Thomas Strumolo, a phone scammer pretending to be a law enforcement officer targeted a Nutley resident in an attempt to get money.
Fortunately, the resident checked with police before sending any funds, Petracco and Strumolo stated. But another victim wasn’t so lucky when, earlier this month, they sent a scammer gift card codes based on a false claim they were with the Lyndhurst Police Department.
Strumolo said the scams often work by using phone applications (spoofing) that make the incoming number appear to