Bayonne warns residents of new phone scam

Mayor Davis said fraudsters have been imitating City Hall and other numbers

Beware of scammers claiming to be from the city.
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Beware of scammers claiming to be from the city.

Mayor James Davis is advising residents to be wary of scammers.

Recently, scammers have telephoned Bayonne residents with bogus claims about being from the City or Bayonne, a medical practice, or other legitimate-sounding offices. They are able to mask their real phone numbers by using the phone numbers of others to appear legitimate on caller ID.

“In one attempted scam, fraudsters have telephoned Bayonne residents with requests for their Medicare identification numbers,” Davis said. “Please do not give Medicare ID numbers, other personal information, or money to scammers.”

With Medicare ID numbers, fraudsters attempt to bill Medicare for phony medical services.

The Bayonne Police Department posted an advisory online stating: “Bottom line is, if anyone requests personal information, payment via gift card, bitcoin, money transfer, etc., it is probably a scam. If something does not add up, hang up.”

“If a stranger calls you to ask for personal financial information or identification numbers, do not provide anything,” Davis said. “Get off the phone and advise the Bayonne Police Department about the attempted scam.”

To report a crime or an attempted scam, call the Bayonne Police Department at 201-858-6900. To report an emergency, call 9-1-1.

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