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Phone scam from Jamaica reported in Allegheny County

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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.

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