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Ridgewood Police: Tax Scam Fools Resident, 'Jailed Grandson' Call Doesn't

Ridgewood Police Chief Jacqueline Luthcke
Ridgewood Police Chief Jacqueline Luthcke Photo Credit: Boyd A. Loving

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. -- A phone scammer fooled a 90-year-old Ridgewood man with a tax con, but another failed to convince an elderly resident that her jailed grandson needed $10,000 for bail money, authorities said.

The 90-year-old South Maple Avenue man's son-in-law contacted the victim's bank and had the elderly man's account number changed after discovering that he was convinced to provide his Social Security and account number "in exchange for a refund of timely payment of taxes," Police Chief Jacqueline Luthcke said.

The son-in-law filled out an identity theft information form with police, she said.

Another resident, on Newcomb Road, smelled something fishy when she got a call that her grandson was in a Chicago jail and needed bail money, the chief said.

Instead of providing any information, the woman "became suspicious and made contact with her grandson and determined the incident was a scam," Luthcke said.

"We ask all residents to continue to be on the lookout for these and other types of scams," the chief said.

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