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Pennsylvania AG warns of more scams
HARRISBURG, Pa. (8/19/08)--Numerous complaints have been received by Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett’s office about scams targeting consumers, said the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA). Consumers, especially senior citizens, have been targeted by scammers pretending to be family members acting on behalf of relatives injured or arrested while traveling. Other complaints involve telephone messages left by scammers posing as police officers or hospital officials and asking recipients to call a number to receive information about an injured relative (Life is a Highway Aug. 18). The phone numbers recipients are being asked to call are international numbers, which result in long-distance calling fees. Counterfeit check scams also have resurfaced, the attorney general said. Scammers are contacting consumers and telling them they won the lottery. Recipients are asked to deposit a fraudulent check and then wire a portion of the money to pay for fees. Corbett warned consumers to be wary of unusual telephone messages, unsolicited contest offers, or requests to wire money. Bull’s Eye CU, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., reported a second instance of a scam with e-mails and text messages. The messages claim that the recipient’s account has been suspended and can only be reinstated by calling a number and providing personal account information (WSAW Aug. 18). Commonwealth CU, Frankfort, Ky., Friday reported instances of a vishing, or voice-phishing scam, aimed at its members (News Now Aug. 18).


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