Montgomery Township Police are warning residents about several scams that have been reported over the past several weeks.
Many of the victims are older residents, according to police. The following scams are being investigated by Montgomery Township police.
Grandparent Scam: This scam involves a subject who will call and pretend to be the victim's grandchild, who is in need of money. Any reason can be used, but to get out of jail seems to be the most popular reason that the subject gives. The caller will tell you that you need to purchase Pay Pal Green Dot Money Paks. These Paks can be purchased in many locations, and for different amounts. Once purchased, they become activated. The caller will then request the serial number on the Pak, which transfers the funds to the caller once given. Some of these transactions are out of the United States. There is no reason for a legitimate business to function this way, so please be alert if this happens to you. You should always check with another family member before doing anything else.
PECO Scam: This scam involves a subject who identifies himself as a PECO employee, and tells you that you owe a set amount of money to PECO. The caller will request for you to send him money by credit card, money order, Pay Pal, etc. You should never send money without checking first with PECO customer service at 1-800-494-4000.
IRS Scam: This scam involves a caller who identifies himself as an IRS employee. He will tell you that you owe taxes and if you do not pay them, they will arrest you. The caller will request payment through credit cards, Pay Pal, money order, etc. The IRS does not contact taxpayers by phone. You will receive a letter from the IRS with instructions on what to do if you owe money. If you have any questions please contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 1-800-908-4490 or the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov/idtheft.
"It is important to understand that there are many different types of fraud and scams. These are only three that the Police Department has been investigating in recent weeks. Please do not become a victim of this scam. If something seems wrong, it probably is. Make sure you protect yourself. You should always ask questions and check out the situation before you do anything," police announced on its website.