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Rite-Aid Scam Targets Elderly In “Sweepstakes”

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Pennsylvania state police have issued an alert to residents about a phone scam that appears to be targeting the elderly.

Officials say the scam involves the caller informing the victim that they’ve won $18,000 in a sweepstakes but have to pay $500 in taxes in order to receive it. The caller asks for a pre-paid “Green Dot” card in the amount, which works like a debit card. Several complaints have been registered in the area about the scam, the most recent being a woman who called police rather than handing over her account numbers and avoided what could have been a bad situation.

Unfortunately in today’s technology age, it’s all to easy for scammers to steal from unsuspecting people, and the elderly seem to get preyed upon the most. Authorities warn never to give out a password or account number to anyone over the phone and to use good judgement about online purchases to avoid theft.

Police say the caller has been traced to Jamaica. No arrests have been made.

Rite-Aid Scam Targets Elderly In “Sweepstakes”
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  • pierre

    “too” easy and “judgment”

    • gary

      Huh?

  • ingrid

    As a person who enters and has won big in sweepstakes – please keep in mind that you pay taxes on all prizes when you are filing your taxes.

  • LUCY

    I HAD CALLED FROM JAMAICA THE GUY TOLD ME TO GO TO WALGREEN I CALLED POLICE JUST DON,T GIVE OUT YOUR INFORMATION IT ALL A SCAM

  • Sue

    What does this have to do with Rite Aid? It sounds from the headline that Rite Aid is conducting the scam but the article is very vague.

  • http://yahoo.com ball

    Why would one have to pay taxes to collect the sweepstakes to Rite Aide? Dumb!!!

    • Rosemary Field

      I AM SO GLAD BECAUSE I WAS REALLY THINKING IT WAS SOMETHIMETHING

      THEY HUNG UP ON ME BEFORE I COULD GIVE THEM ALL THE INFORMATION THEY ASK FOR I KNEW IT WAS SOMETHING ABOUT THAT RECORDING..THAT IS JUST NOT RIGHT.

  • Clarence Wagonblott

    Be cautious on all calls from out of area and telemarketing calls especially calls from scammers saying they can lower credit card fees.
    I found out from the FDC and the FCC these scammers are using our phone service to scam unsuspecting people. I believe telemarketing should not be allowed just for this reason. If it sounds to good to be true It is!

  • jtbwriter

    This isn’t just happening back East; a friend of mine almost fell for a caller regarding a Walgreens contest-he actually went out and bought a Green Dot card and loaded money on it! Fortunately he got suspicious when he called Green Dot and they didn’t know anything about it and the number the scammer gave him was out of order. I do think Green Dot knows more about this then they let on; they refused to give my friend his money back so he used the temporary card and was only out the $4.95 purchase fee.

  • Sandy

    these people should get out and get a real job

  • http://yahoo DE anny Qualls

    THERE WILL NEVER BE ARREST MADE CAUSE IT’S NO MONEY IN IT FOR THE JUDGES LAWYERS AND THE LAW DON’T CARE. SOMEBODY TRY TO SCAM MY PARENTS A YEAR AGO SO I GOOGLED THE CALL CENTER IN MONTGOMERY ALABAMA ALSO THE WESRERN UNION MONEY DROP IN MICHIGAN ON TELEGRAPH RD. IN ABOUT 30 MINUTES. HARD TO TELL HOW MANY PEOPLE THEY SCAMMED.

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