New Providence Resident Reports Falling Victim to 'Work From Home' Scam
Monday, January 28, 2013 • 5:03pm
1-12-2013 – A Gales Drive resident reported that between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. a Samsung smart phone
valued at $529 was stolen from her room. The report is being investigated by detectives.
1-14-2013 – Patrolman Andrew Diamond arrested Rathny Barquero, 18, of West Caldwell for trespassing. The
charge stems from an investigation into two individuals sleeping in the basement laundry area of an apartment
complex in the Borough. A 17 year old juvenile female was also taken into protective custody and released to
her guardians after being reported missing earlier in the day.
1-16-2013 – Corporal Chad Wilson took a 17 year old juvenile male into protective custody during a motor
vehicle stop on Tall Oaks Drive for the possession of controlled dangerous substance. The juvenile was
released to a parent and juvenile charges have been filed. He was also issued a summons for a provisional
1-19-2013 – Carlos Curios, 42, of Clifton was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of the Passaic County
Sheriff’s Department. The warrant was located by patrols after an investigation into a stolen smart phone that
was taken from a Borough residence. The phone was located and returned to the owner and Curios was
turned over to the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office.
1-19-2013 – A Osborne Avenue resident reported that she was the victim of a work from home scam after
answering an ad for a “Personal Assistant” in the classifieds of a local newspaper. The resident reported that
soon after responding to the ad, she received directions by e-mail that she would be getting a check delivered
and was given directions to deposit the check. After cashing the check, the victim would keep a portion of the
money and was directed to send the remaining amount to an address in the Philippines. After the receiving the
e-mail, a male in a red mini van with no markings, delivered the envelope to her residence. She stated that the
envelope had what appeared to be fraudulent mailing labels on the exterior and contained the check inside of
the envelope. The victim confirmed with the credit union that the check was issued from that it was fraudulent.
The detective bureau is currently investigating the scam.
1-28-2013 – The New Providence Police is currently accepting applications for school crossing guard.
Applications are located in police headquarters at 360 Elkwood Avenue. Applicants must possess a valid New
Jersey driver’s license, be a United States citizen, be at least 18 years of age and of good moral character.