August 7, 2013
Telephone scam resurfaces in Pennsylvania
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane issued a reminder today about the latest version of a very old telephone scam that has recently resurfaced in Pennsylvania. Don't fall for it. It is simply an attempt to trick you into giving out personal or financial information.
It is a robocall. The person claims to be from something called the "State Investigations Department." (There is no such agency.) You are told that your name has surfaced in a criminal matter, and you must act quickly to clear the matter up.
In some cases, you are told to call immediately and provide information or you will be arrested.
One recent call originated from the 845 area code out of New York. Some of the messages had foreign-sounding accents, but the truth is there may be more than one version, and more than one accent.
Another recent robocall claims to be from the FBI, telling you that there have been break-ins in your area. The voice says "To protect yourself, push 1."
Kane says phone scams come in all shapes and sizes. You must keep your guard up. Remember these tips:
If you believe you've been the target of a scam or any type of consumer fraud, please call the Attorney General's Consumer Helpline at 1-800-441-2555.
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