Over the past two weeks, a couple of elderly victims
came to Ewing Police to report that they were victims of
a scam. Both of these cases were similar in that they
each received a phone call by an individual claiming to
be their “grandchild” who indicated that they had been
arrested while out of the country (Canada and the
Dominican Republic). The person on the phone then
requested that they send money $1,000-$1400 via Western
Union so that they can make bail.
This is not
the first time that we have seen this type of scam in
Ewing. A search of the FBI’s website talks about this
type of scam and has labeled it “The Grandparent Scam”.
These types of scams have been around since as early as
2008 but the scam artists have gotten better over time.
How the scam
works is that the grandparent receives a call from
someone claiming to be their “grandchild”. The
“grandchild” will tell some type of story usually
involving their travels to another country where they
have been arrested for drugs, or have been arrested
after being involved in an automobile accident or that
they have been robbed. Sometimes during these calls or
during a subsequent call, a second person will get on
the phone claiming to be an attorney or public defender
representing the “grandchild”. Either the “grandchild”
or the “attorney” will request that the grandparent send
a sum of money via Western Union so that they can get
would like to remind individuals that if you receive a
call like this, take a moment to find out what is going
on before you act. Attempt to contact the involved
grandchild or another family member to help determine if
the call is legitimate. Ask the “grandchild” a personal
question that only your grandchild would know the answer
to. Be suspicious of any request to send money overseas
based on a phone call or email. If you have any
questions regarding a possible scam, contact your local
police department before sending the money. Once
you send the money, even via a wire transfer, you can’t
get it back.
If you have
fallen for one of these scams, contact your local police
department to file a report. In addition, you should
report the scam to IC3 (Internet Crime Complaint Center)
information on “The Grandparent Scam” visit the FBI’s
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Ewing Police Officer Chris Boller gives Christopher
LaBaw, Jacob Janel and Alex LaBaw “tickets” for wearing
their helmets while skateboarding, biking and
rollerblading. These tickets are part of the “Think
Positive” Program which rewards children for wearing
their helmets while participating in a wheeled
activity. The tickets may be redeemed for pizza, soft
pretzels, ice cream, yogurt or sandwiches.
The Think Positive Program is collaborative initiative
with the Ewing Township Police Department, St. Lawrence
Rehabilitation Center, the lead organization of the
Mercer County Chapter of Safe Kids, and the Brain Injury
Association of New Jersey. The program reinforces the
importance of prevention and helmet safety through a
positive reinforcement approach. Each year in the
United States, approximately 200,000 children are
hospitalized due to brain injury sustained on bicycles,
skateboards, scooters and skates. Even a mild brain
injury, a concussion, can have significant consequences
throughout the individual’s lifetime. Research show a
properly worn helmet is the single most effective safety
device available to reduce brain injury and death by as
much as 88% (Dr. C. Everett Koop).
Local businesses donating the rewards are Philly Pretzel
Factory, Red Star Pizza, Haley’s Homemade Sandwiches,
McDonald’s, Yo-Licious Twist Frozen Yogurt, and RJ’s
Café, all in Ewing Township.
For more information, contact Jane Millner at
609-896-9500, ext. 2215.
Two Improvised Explosive Devices (IED’s) have been
detonated in Ewing Township. Neither of these
detonations have caused injury or property damage as of
yet but the Ewing Police Department wants to emphasize
the fact that these devices are dangerous, with the
potential to cause severe injury and death.
It is our belief that juveniles, probably in the West
Trenton Area, are responsible for these detonations.
Parents should be talking with their children about the
dangers of these devices and staying on top other their
children’s activities. Parents should take note of
any missing duct tape, bleach, liquid drain cleaners and
any other household chemicals. Residents who reload
their own ammunition should take careful inventory of
their stock and note any missing powder. We urge
you to check your households for illegal fireworks, this
If you find a suspicious device or devices, do not
touch and immediately call 9-1-1. Examples of
suspicious devices include those that may be wrapped in
duct tape, pipes with end caps on each side, fuses
sticking out, bottles with liquids that seems not to
belong in that type of bottle, bottles that seem
to be expanded from pressure, etc. Please do not
touch these items as they could detonate by any
movement. Anyone with information about these
devices should call Dsg. John Stemler at 609-882-1313
If you find a suspicious device CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY.
NEED YOUR HELP!!!
has been experiencing an increase in burglaries to
residences, businesses and vehicles. They are
happening at all times and every day
of the week. We are asking residents to call the
police department if they observe any suspicious people
or unusual activity.
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SCAM WARNING from the FBI
been verified by the FBI (their link is also included
below). It is spreading fast so be prepared should
you get this call. Most of us take those summonses for
jury duty seriously, but enough people skip out on their
civic duty that a new and ominous kind of fraud has
surfaced. The caller claims to be a Jury Duty
Coordinator. If you protest that you never received a
summons for jury duty, the Scammer asks you for your
Social Security number and date of birth so he or she
can verify the information and cancel the arrest
warrant. Give out any of this information and bingo,
your identity was just stolen. The fraud has been
reported so far in 11 states, including Oklahoma ,
Illinois , and Colorado , AZ and more. This (swindle) is
particularly insidious because they use intimidation
over the phone to try to bully people into giving
information by pretending they are with the court
system. The FBI and the federal court system have issued
nationwide alerts on their websites, warning consumers
about the fraud.
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A citizen and resident of New Jersey;
Being sound in body and good health;
Having good moral character; and
Having not been convicted of any criminal
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