Fraud Alert from Chief Mark D. Roddy

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HANOVER TOWNSHIP — The Township of Hanover Police Department is investigating reports of a different type of scam.

Please be extra cautious when listing items for sale, rent, or trade online.  Criminals are sending the victims checks for significantly more than the asking price.

The criminal is then asking the victim to cash the check and return a portion of the funds to them via a bank transfer, gift card, or to provide the extra funds to a shipping company.

After the transaction is complete the bank reports that the check is fraudulent and the victims are out several thousands of dollars thus far.

Do not become a victim of this type of scam

If possible, arrange a face to face meeting to conduct these types of transactions at a public location, and be wary of anyone who quickly sends funds exceeding what you are asking for.

The Township has a Safe Exchange Area, near the Whippanong Library, to conduct these face to face transactions.  If you are suspicious of any of these transactions, or receive a check in the mail, please report it to the police.  Remember:  If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

 

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