A specific group of people in Parsippany have been targeted recently as part of a tax scam. On Friday, Parsippany Police Chief Paul Philipps sent out an advisory to bring attention to a “continuing security concern."
A caller has been targeting the Indian population and making them believe that they are currently under investigation for violating Federal and State tax laws and need to “settle out of court” to avoid arrest, said Philipps. “In all instances reported, the caller targeted Parsippany residents of Indian descent and led them to believe that they were in trouble with the government and seeking monies to “rectify” the situation.”
Philipps added, “as you know, Parsippany has a large Indian population, and there is a strong possibility that other incidents like this have occurred but have gone unreported.”
The police department alerted residents several weeks ago about this scam and reports of these calls stopped for a short time, but they received a report of a similar incident on Thursday.
Police are asking residents to share this information with friends and neighbors and make a police report if this scam occurs.“The Parsippany Police Department is here to assist in any way we can and we want to stop these actors from preying on the citizens of our community,” said Philipps.