Middlesex County Sherriff Warns of Phone Scams

The Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office is advising our residents and community to be aware of a continuing phone scam that is targeting our area.

In the most recent scam calls, the caller (sometimes via voice message) uses the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office information and identify himself or herself as an employee with our agency. The caller claims the resident has an outstanding federal warrant for non-appearance for jury duty and demands immediate payment using a prepaid credit card.

The caller requests the prepaid credit card information over the phone and arranges to meet the resident at the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office and provides our physical address of 701 Livingston Ave. New Brunswick, NJ 08901. The Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office will never solicit methods of payment and/or personal identifiers over the phone.

Residents should never give their personal or financial information over the phone and should not agree to meet anyone to provide prepaid credit card information.

Crime Prevention Tips

  • Legitimate law enforcement agencies will not tell people to provide prepaid gift card information to avoid arrest.
  • Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.
  • Never give out personal or financial information to anyone who emails or calls you unsolicited.
  • Never wire money, provide debt or credit card numbers or Green Dot Money Pak card numbers to someone you do not know.

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