GRPD Detective Holding Workshop on Scam, Fraud Prevention

Workshop led by Detective James Calaski is open to residents, will be held Wednesday, Oct. 17.

With scams and fraud on the rise, Detective James Calaski of the will be presenting a workshop to help residents protect themselves and loved ones from thieves.

Glen Rock residents have been targeted in recent months, particularly with the fraudulent "grandparent" scheme. Just weeks ago, a involved in a car accident. The money was wired to Nicaragua, likely never to be recouped.

Topics of the Oct. 17 seminar at Borough Hall include senior citizen scams, "grandparent" scams, online fraud/phishing, Craigslist scams, lottery/Nigerian fraud, chimney/home improvement scams, and many more.

Calaski, who also is a member of the Bergen County Proseuctor's Office Computer Crimes Task Force, will speak for about an hour. A question-and-answer session will follow. Civic and senior citizen groups are welcome.

The presentation will be held in the Council Chambers/Courtroom of Borough Hall between 7 and 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17. RSVP by contacting police.

A flyer with more information is attached.

Mark Ruckhaus October 03, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Good idea, especially for the elderly. But there are two things for everyone to remember: If it sounds to good to be true, it is. If someone is asking for a large amount of money to bail themselves out, ask lots of questions and call other relatives to ascertain where that person actually is. Then ask for a return phone number so you can call back. Chances are, the number will be for a "throwaway" cell phone. But, maybe, the person on the other end is either stupid enough to have a real number that can be tracked or he'll never give you the number, in which case you know a scam is taking place. In any case, don't do anything right away just because someone calls you and tells you to.
Mark Ruckhaus October 03, 2012 at 06:02 PM
I'll reply to myself and chastise myself for poor spelling: If it sounds TOO good to be true, it is.
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