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Phone Scam Involves Use Of Pharmacy Chain Name

June 11, 2013

State Police investigators are warning residents not to be taken in by a new telephone scam in which callers claim a resident has won money through a well-known pharmacy chain.

Most recently, an area resident was told she had won $18,000, but would be required to purchase something called a “green dot card” for $500 to cover the costs of the taxes on her winnings.  The woman purchased the debit-style card at a pharmacy, and the scammers accessed the money using the card’s number.

Investigators say the callers with the phony scheme utilize the name and card service of the Rite-Aid Pharmacy chain.  Investigators have traced the call in the case in this area to a location in Jamaica.

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