The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

October 15, 2013

Beware of new scam meant to scare

By Tom Davidson
Herald Staff Writer

SHARON — People should be aware of a new scam that could put a scare in folks during this spooky season.

Sharon Police Chief Mike Menster said a 70-year-old city woman reported threatening voice mails she received Sunday that were determined to be part of an international scam.

The woman received two voicemails threatening her with bodily arm and even kidnapping if she didn’t buy prepaid CVS cards worth $500 and give the caller the account number on the cards.

The man called from an international number and spoke with a Jamaican accent, Menster said.

It appears as if the foreign grifters are using threats of violence to lure people to buy these prepaid debit cards, which can by used to make online purchases, Menster said.

A similar incident was reported to New Castle police, he said.

“If (people) receive a call of this nature, they should never fall victim to them,” he said. “Call police so we can document it.”