Sergeant Naomi Zepeda
Information at your fingertips:
DVRT (Domestic Violence Response Team Members)
- 18 years of age
- Have access to transportation
- Possess a valid driver’s license
- Submit to background investigations, including fingerprinting.
- Live or work in Bloomfield
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Older Americans are the targets. Phony prizes, sweepstakes, investments and Charities,
are the lure. Congress estimates that Americans lose $40 billion annually to telemarketing
fraud. Nearly 80% of these calls target people over 50, according to the FBI. Older
Americans tend to be targeted for telemarketing schemes because of the perception
- Are more trusting and polite than younger people and consequently find it difficult
to hang up on callers.
- Find it difficult to believe that swindlers can look and sound like trustworthy
- Are more easily intimidated.
- Have more time to read all of their mail, and more time to listen to phone calls,
giving the fraudulent telemarketers a "foot in the door".
Older people are more vulnerable due to the fact they are embarrassed to admit they
were swindled and are less likely to contact the police.
A recent telemarketing scheme involved a person PRETENDING to be calling from a
well-known telephone company. This "caller" stated to the homeowner, that the telephone
company was attempting to protect the homeowner from telemarketing fraud and asked
for homeowner's specific information about credit card numbers, social security
numbers, phone numbers, etc. In turn, they promised to keep the telemarketers from
calling. What was actually being done by this scam, was stealing the information
from the homeowner to make fraudulent credit card transactions, and the phone numbers
were used to make illegal long-distance calls.
Be Careful! Do not give out any personal information especially your bank account
number or your credit card number to anyone!
If you feel you may have been a victim of telemarketing fraud, you can call: Bloomfield
Police Community Policing Unit 973-680-4627