Contact Us
Northern Highlands Daily Voice serves Allendale, Ho-Ho-Kus, Midland Park, Saddle River, Upper Saddle River & Waldwick
Return to your home site

Menu

Northern Highlands Daily Voice serves Allendale, Ho-Ho-Kus, Midland Park, Saddle River, Upper Saddle River & Waldwick

Nearby Towns

DV Pilot police & fire

Phone scam alert: Wyckoff man not fooled by call from ‘federal agent’

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot File Photo

ALERT: What seems an unending stream of phone scams now includes what, for some, are frightening calls from people pretending to be federal agents.

This scam involves someone claiming to be from an agent DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) or other law enforcement agency who has a warrant for the intended victim’s arrest. The scammer then offers to allow the “defendant” to pay a fine and square things.

Unfortunately, it’s worked in some cases. People have followed instructions and wired money overseas that they’ll never get back, authorities say.

A Wyckoff resident who went to police headquarters to report receiving such a call got another man while he was there.

The caller said the DEA “was headed to his home with the warrant,” Wyckoff Police Chief Benjamin Fox said.

“It is important for residents to be wary of any supposed law enforcement agency that is attempting to conduct business via telephone,” Fox said.

It simply isn’t done that way, he said.

In fact, impersonating a federal agent is a serious crime that can land people in prison.

“ANY requests to transfer money should be viewed with heightened skepticism and scrutiny,” Fox said.

RELATED:

Police: You can protect loved ones from senior phone scams

Fair Lawn ransom note phone hoax part of widespread scam

Increasing ‘ransom’ phone scams hit Saddle Brook, Midland Park, Glen Rock

Phone scam claims Ridgewood woman who wired $9,000 to ‘grandson’ in jail

‘Son in trouble’ phone scam costs Wyckoff couple $15,000

Bogota chief: Don’t fall for ‘kidnapped family member’ phone scam

to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.

Welcome to

Northern Highlands Daily Voice!

Serves Allendale, Ho-Ho-Kus, Midland Park, Saddle River, Upper Saddle River & Waldwick

Hi! You've read our articles so we know you like our reporting. To keep reading please join our mailing list.

Get important news about your town as it happens.