Directors Points of Interest

FROM THE DIRECTOR

August 30, 2017 

Gloucester County announced the report of Phone Scam involving County Government

Woodbury – The Gloucester County administration in conjunction with the County Office of Consumer Protection is warning county residents not to give information to anyone posing as a county employee, unless you initiated the phone call to a county agency.

In response to a call the county received from a concerned citizen yesterday, Freeholder Director Robert Damminger wanted residents to know as soon as possible that, “No one in county government makes random calls to residents to ask personal information, nor is the county currently involved in any program that would require a resident to give this information.”

Freeholder Lyman Barnes, Freeholder Liaison to the Office of Consumer Protection, said,  “Scammers will find any avenue they can to try and cheat someone out of their money or get access to certain personal accounts. Residents might be more trusting to a local governmental agency, as opposed to someone calling about winning a foreign lottery, but Gloucester County does not call residents to ask for personal information.  If this happens to you, just hang-up and if the calls persist, call the local police department.”

Gloucester County stands ready to assist in any way possible in these matters and residents can always call the Office of Consumer Protection at 856-384-6855 for advice on handling these types of calls.

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 July 19, 2017

The Acting Inspector General issued a warning to the public today about a new Social Security Administration (SSA) employee impersonation scheme. They have received reports from across the country about other phone calls from individuals posing as SSA employees. The caller attempts to acquire personally identifiable information from victims to then edit the victims' direct deposit, address, and telephone information with SSA.

The reports say that the calls come from an area code 323 and claims the victim is due a 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment. Citizens who believe that have been contacted can call Office of Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online via https://oig.ssa.gov/report.

County residents can also call our office and we will send the official flyer from the SSA at 856-384-6855.

June 27, 2017

On June 17th the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders held their 12th annual "BIG SHREDDING EVENT". This program is to help residents get rid of, in a safe and secure setting, old documents that no longer serve a purpose and could fall into the wrong hands at any time. 

The time frame has changed and this year the shredding event was open from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Residents arrived early and the line of cars moved quickly, as people told us that they had been in line for about 10 or 15 minutes at most. Finally, at the end of the morning, county employees and staff from DocuVault, the local shredding company, saw 645 cars and collected 26,454 lbs. of recycled paper. We want to thank the residents of Gloucester County for their participation.

NOTE: The county shredding event is held once a year and is always the Saturday before Father's Day.