Parsippany resident received a “phone scam” call

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PARSIPPANY — A female resident of Parsippany received a phone call, which identified the incoming number as her husbands, at 5:34 p.m. on Monday, March 5.

After she answered the call, she was advised by that caller that he was a Parsippany Police Officer and her husband was under arrest for money laundering.

The fraudulent officer further advised the victim that if she hung up the phone that she would also be arrested. He then instructed her that she must transfer $6,000.00 into a specific account while she stayed on the phone with him.

After the money transfer was completed at the bank, she was given the address of the Police Department and a fraudulent case number for reference. The victim then realized that she was defrauded and contacted Police.

Please remember that at no time will a police officer call you and demand immediately payment over the phone or through a wire transfer. We also will not threaten to arrest you if you hang up the phone. When in doubt hang up the phone and locate the agencies number that is calling you from their official webpage or phone book and contact them. Scammers can alter their caller ID information to make it appear that it is coming from legitimate entities.

This incident remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact the Parsippany Police Department Investigative Division at (973) 263-4311.