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Fraud and Identity Theft Awareness

Submitted by the Rutherford Police Department

A top priority of the Rutherford Police Department is keeping our residents, especially our seniors, and business owners safe from fraud and identity theft. With the increase in scams, we partnered with valuable stakeholders at the Bergen County Consumer Affairs - Investigator Denis Niland from the Office of Consumer Protection, Better Homes and Gardens Coccia Realty, and Impressive Printing to raise fraud and identity theft awareness.

Each year, the Rutherford Police Department displays a valuable community message in the Community Windows located at 11 Park Avenue for the month of September. The Community Window display is a project run by Bea Goldberg and it provides a way for agencies and or organizations to connect with our community while providing education and resource information. Stop by and enjoy the creative display while learning how to protect yourself against identity theft and scams. This year’s display was a collaborative effort from both Investigator Denis Niland and Rutherford Police Sergeant Julie Ann Zeigler.

On display, you will find a message from Police Chief John R. Russo, common scams, definitions, ways to protect your identity, tips to keep you alert regarding frauds, and how to report being a victim.

If you or someone you know is or has been a victim, contact your local law police department. The officers will help you determine whether you are a victim if you are uncertain. Make sure to close or cancel any compromised accounts in order to quickly mitigate any financial loss. Apply for and obtain a copy of your credit report. And keep all reports and documents supporting your case in a safe location.

The Rutherford Police are always available to assist our community – 201-939-6000 Ext. 1

Another valuable resource is:

Division of Consumer Affairs, Office of Consumer Protection

E 220 Ridgewood Avenue, Paramus, NJ 07652

201-336-6400 Office

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