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.
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…