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.