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Readers beware: Scammers target G-J classified ad customers

The Gazette-Journal received complaints from two of its classified ad customers last week that a man representing himself as a newspaper employee had called them after hours requesting credit card information.

While the newspaper does sometimes call customers for payment information, this takes place during working hours and the man is not a Gazette-Journal employee, said publisher Elsa Verbyla.

She said anyone receiving a similar call should request a phone number for verification, hang up, and dial the newspaper at 693-3101 to authenticate the caller’s identity. If it turns out to be a scam, the customer should notify the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office.

In one of last week’s cases, a Caller ID display showed the call was made from a restricted number, according to the customer making the report. In neither case did the caller get credit card information. The Gazette-Journal reported both cases to the sheriff’s office at 693-3890.

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