Mercer County , N.J. (PBN) Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported Wednesday his Cyber Crimes Unit is investigating recent telephone scams where callers spoof the non-emergency telephone
numbers for various police departments within Mercer County in an attempt to scam
residents. The scammers falsely claim the resident has a warrant for their arrest. As a
reminder, law enforcement will never ask for payment of any type over the phone nor will they
ask for personal identifying information that could be used for fraudulent purposes.

Law enforcement and government agencies will also never ask you to pay by unusual methods,
such as gift cards, wire transfers or cryptocurrency.
Scammers research potential victims on the internet and social media. Then they call and
deceive their victims into thinking the callers are law enforcement officers, prosecutors or
police employees.

Scammers may spoof a law enforcement telephone number, falsely
showing on the victim’s caller ID. They threaten victims with arrest for outstanding warrants
or other legal issues.
Should you receive a call from a police department within Mercer County or the Prosecutor’s
Office, please confirm who you are speaking with. If you believe you received a scam
telephone call, hang up and call the number back. If the call is legitimate, you’ll be connected
with a police dispatcher or receptionist who can verify the caller’s identity. Report any scam
calls to your local law enforcement agency. Please share this message with your family and
friends, especially the elderly, to help prevent phone scams.

Thomas Peterson is the Editor in Chief and founder of Peterson’s Breaking News of Trenton. Thomas founded PBT in 2012.