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State police warn of sweepstakes scam

on June 10, 2013 10:39 AM

KITTANNING (AP) — 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 from Kittanning reported an elderly Armstrong County woman reported the scam Saturday.

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 Rite-Aid’s “green dot” loyalty card for $500 to cover the taxes on her winnings. Rite-Aid cards also can be given cash value for use like a debit card, but the victim’s card was used to access her money.

No arrests have been reported.

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