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  BARNEGAT – Police are urging seniors to be cautious of phone call scams as a recent fraud scheme stole $8,000 from an elderly woman.

  The victim, who resides in Barnegat, told police that she received a call in December 2021 from a man claiming to be her grandson. This individual told the woman that he had been arrested after being involved in a car accident in New York City.

  The story continues with a fake lawyer, who claimed to be representing the grandson, telling the woman that her grandson can be released from jail if she sent a cash payment of $8,000.

  Not realizing that the entire incident was a fraud, the victim turned over the $8,000 after meeting an individual claiming to be a courier.

  The victim later talked to family members and discovered her grandson was not arrested and realized she was the victim of a scam.

  Investigation by Officers from the Barnegat Township Police Department revealed that similar events had recently occurred in Hopewell Township, New Jersey, and Nassau County, New York.

  A joint investigation identified the individuals responsible for the scamming incidents as 34-year-old Jorge Peguero-Mendez and 24-year-old Richard Quinones-Perez, both of the Bronx, New York.

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  The investigation further revealed Peguero-Mendez drove Quinones-Perez to the Ocean County area with the intent to acquire cash from the victim.

  Both have been charged…

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