State College, PA - Centre County - Central Pennsylvania - Home of Penn State University

Police Issue Warning About Phone Scam

by on December 03, 2013 12:00 PM

A vicious phone scam is making the rounds in Pennsylvania. At least six people have been targeted across the state.

In the scam, someone calls the victims, telling them that a relative is in danger.

The Ferguson Township Police Department is warning area residents to watch out for such phone calls. In each case the victims have been told that a relative has either been taken hostage or involved in an accident.

The caller demands $2,000, telling the victims that their relative will be harmed if the money isn't paid.

The callers frequently have personal information about the victims. In one incident, the scammer knew the name of the victims' brother, along with his work location and cell phone number.

Investigators believe the calls are coming from Puerto Rico and are made with pre-paid cell phones. Even though the calls are placed from outside the country, the victim's caller ID often displays a local phone number.

No suspects have been identified. Police don't know how the suspects gathered the victim's personal information.

If you receive one of these scam phone calls you should contact police. The Ferguson Township Police Department can be reached at (814) 237-1172.

Popular Stories:

Wet, Cold Weekend in Forecast, Ski Season Off to Early Start

Hanukkah Celebration Lights the Darkness

Distraction of the Day: Penn State Christmas Light Show

Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions Face Pitt In Long Awaited Showdown

Penn State Football: John Urschel Featured On CBS News



Steve Bauer is Managing Editor & Chief Content Officer at StateCollege.com. Steve and his wife Trina are longtime area residents. They reside in State College with their Golden Retriever Izzy and a wacky foster dog named Treasure. You can e-mail Steve at Steve.Bauer@StateCollege.com and you can follow us @StateCollege.com
Next Article
Hanukkah Celebration Lights the Darkness
December 03, 2013 11:30 AM
by Adam Lidgett
Hanukkah Celebration Lights the Darkness
Related Articles
Comments
Disclaimer: Copyright © 2014 StateCollege.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

order food online