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Scammers threaten electricity shutoff to get money in East Huntingdon

Brian C. Rittmeyer
| Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, 4:27 a.m.

An East Huntingdon man and woman fell for a scam where a caller threatened to shut off their electricity if they didn't pay up, state police said.

According a news release issued Monday, the incident happened on Nov. 2. No information was provided on the victims, including their ages or relationship.

State police said the scammers pretended to be West Penn Power employees. They threatened to have the electricity shut off to the victims' home if couple did not pay $500.

They were told to go to the nearest Rite Aid pharmacy and put the money on a MoneyPak card. They went into the parking lot and gave the scammers the pin number on the card over the phone.

The scammers hung up and never called the victims again.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4701, brittmeyer@tribweb.com or on Twitter @BCRittmeyer.

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