KITTANNING, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania State Police are warning of a scam involving a phony sweepstakes in which callers tell victims they’ve won money through the Rite-Aid drug store chain.
Troopers say they’ve been alerted by Rite-Aid officials that the scam targeting an elderly western Pennsylvania woman on Saturday has happened in other areas, too.
Police say a caller from a phone number that has since been traced to Jamaica told the woman she had won $18,000 but had to purchase a “green dot card” for $500 to cover taxes. The cards are pay-in-advance devices that Rite-Aid customers can use legitimately like debit cards. In this case, the woman’s information was used to access her money.
Nobody has been arrested in the western Pennsylvania case.