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Police warn of phone scam

Published January 24. 2013 05:04PM

State police at Frackville are warning area residents of a phone scam.

Troopers said a East Brunswick Township resident was scammed out of $200 by a unknown male from Jamaica.

Troopers said the victim received a phone call from the male saying he won an international Mega Millions lottery and won $5.8 million. He caller said the victim would receive the money after he sent a processing fee of $200.

The victim went to a local pharmacy and purchased a prepaid Visa type card. He then called the phone number provided, and gave the card numbers to the male.

The phone number provided had a 876 area code, which was traced to Jamaica and is often mistaken as a toll-free number.

Troopers warned residents that if they get a call saying they are the winner, don't pay any money to collect the suppose winnings. Legitimate operations won't require you to pay to collect your winnings.

Troopers also advised residents of the following;

Never wire money to anyone with whom you are not familiar; never provide anyone with personal information such as bank accounts, pin numbers, Social Security numbers; check any unfamiliar area codes before returning calls; and be aware that there are many three-digits area codes that connect callers to international telephone numbers, especially 876

Also, if you do not have caller ID, consider adding it to your phone service. Caller ID allows you to add a call intercept feature that screens calls and offers the option to reject suspicious international calls.

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