Bordentown Police: Beware of scams

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The Bordentown Police Department are warning residents about two scams.

Card skimming device scam

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Police detectives determined that compromised cards have been subsequently used to purchase diesel fuel. They located and removed a card skimming device from a Route 130 gas station’s card reader, police said on Feb. 18 through a social media post.

Anyone with fraudulent activity on their debit or credit card that was recently used at a gas station on Route 130 in the township can report the fraud to Police Detective Anthony Nagle at anagle@bordentowntownshippd.org.

The gas station is a victim in the incident and the device was surreptitiously placed there without their knowledge. We do not name victims, police said.

Romance scam

What is a romance scam? These scams occur when criminals adopt a fake online identity to gain a victim’s affection and trust, and then uses the illusion of a romantic relationship to manipulate or steal from the victim, police said.

Here are a few tips for avoiding romance scams:

  • If someone appears on your social media and rushes you to start a friendship or romance, slow down.
  • If someone you meet online needs your bank account information, they are most likely using your account to carry out a fraud scheme.
  • Never send a reload, prepaid, or gift card; don’t wire money; and don’t send cryptocurrency to someone you met online.
  • If you suspect a romance scam, cut off contact.

To learn more, or to report a scammer – visit the Federal Trade Commission at https://consumer.ftc.gov/scams

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