The scammers are on the prowl in South Jersey lately. If it's not one person trying to pull a fast one on you, it's another, huh?

This time, it's going down in the Hamilton Township (Mays Landing) community of Laureldale. An alert went out to residents urging them not to fall for a text message claiming the fire department is selling t-shirts. If you receive one and it reads like that, you should ignore it.

The alert said that the Laureldale Fire and Rescue are being framed. The scammers are telling people that they're selling t-shirts for some kind of fundraiser. Of course, we know now, however, that's not the case.

More specifically, the message reads as follows:

"(Laureldale Fire Rescue) Tshirt (Limited Edition) up to 12% drop down price. Purchase Yours Now > arteetocartab . com/ya Opt out: text PAUSE A080"

If you receive anything via text message that is any kind of derivative from the above message, you're encouraged to ignore it and delete it immediately.

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These people are professionals who know all too well that the holidays are when people are feeling the most generous. Case in point: this Laureldale t-shirt fundraising scam. The people who orchestrate these things know that people are keener to fall for scams like this when they're looking to give back during the holidays. Basically, they take advantage of your good and open heart.

Make sure to keep your wits about you this holiday season. If something looks funny or off, it probably is. Don't be the sucker that falls for this stuff.

You can check out the alert warning residents about the scam HERE.

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