TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Phone scam from Jamaica reported in Allegheny County

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 11:45 a.m.
 

A new, “aggressive” phone scam from Jamaica has targeted areas around Whitehall and South Fayette, the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday.

The caller claims to work for Publisher's Clearing House and tells people they have won a large amount of money. To claim their prize they must first send a check to help cover processing fees.

The caller contacts some residents dozens of times within a few days, the DA's office said. The caller uses the Jamaican phone exchange of “876,” which shows up on caller ID.

“Theft is a crime of opportunity and by refusing to send money or provide personal information you severely limit that opportunity,” District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. said in a statement.

Residents who receive such a call should report it to local police, Zappala said.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Pirates notebook: Four players selected for All-Star Game
  2. Starkey: Burnett writing incredible final chapter
  3. Chicora man charged after entering East Franklin home
  4. Alvarez’s walk-off single lifts Pirates over Padres
  5. Gameday: Pirates vs San Diego Padres, July 7, 2015
  6. Sign ordinance on the horizon in West Kittanning
  7. Torn thumb ligament puts Pirates’ Harrison on 15-day disabled list
  8. Pair charged with prostitution-related offenses in South Greensburg
  9. Two rookies among National League reserves for All-Star Game
  10. Norvelt residents try to preserve community history’s link to Roosevelts
  11. Pirates get journeyman Ishikawa off waivers; outfielder Marte injured