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Rite-Aid Scam Targeted Elderly Woman, Promised $18,000

By Newsmax Wires   |   Monday, 10 Jun 2013 05:02 PM

A scam revolving around a fake sweepstakes where victims are told they've won a large sum of money through Rite-Aid has Pennsylvania state police warning people about the rip-off, The Associated Press reported.

Troopers from the Kittanning barracks say they've been alerted by Rite-Aid officials that the scam targeting an elderly western Pennsylvania woman on Saturday has happened in other areas, too.

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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 a "green dot card" for $500 to cover the taxes on her winnings. The cards are pay-in-advance devices that Rite-Aid customers can use legitimately like a debit card but which, in this case, was used to access the woman's money.

Nobody has been arrested in the western Pennsylvania case.

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