Newtown Township police say local residents reported multiple incidences of fraud via phone or email Monday.
According to police, three residents called headquarters with complaints they received suspicious phone calls or emails that seemed the caller was “trying to swindle them out of money.”
“While the methods of communications and messages varied, the focus of each incident was to cheat a resident out of money,” police said.
One resident said the caller identified himself as an FBI agent and told the resident he needed to send money to avoid criminal charges.
The second resident received a strange email instructing him to make a payment to a third party bank account for his IRS payment.
The third report was from a woman who was told that she was the winner of a Mega Millions lottery in another state and would only receive the prize money once she wired a payment to the caller.
All of the residents were advised that these calls and emails are not legitimate and to disregard the messages.