Rite-Aid scam: Phony sweepstakes lures elderly woman
Rite-Aid scam: A Pennsylvania woman was told to buy a $500 Rite-Aid card to cover taxes on her winnings. Rite-Aid does offer store cards, but the caller used the information to access her bank.
KITTANNING, Pa. — tate police are warning western Pennsylvanians of a scam involving a phony sweepstakes in which callers tell victims they've won money through the Rite-Aid drug store chain.
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.