Pa. police briefs

September 03, 2012

Pa. police advise people to guard against personal information scam

CHAMBERSBURG. Pa. — Pennsylvania State Police are warning people about a scam in which people are being asked to give their Social Security number, credit card numbers and bank information in order to receive federal assistance to help pay utility bills.

In the scam, victims are told they could get the assistance through a program from President Obama, state police said.

Victims are being contacted in a variety of ways, including telephone calls, mail, fliers, email, text messages, social media and in person, police said.

After victims give personal information, they are given a bank account and routing number to pay utility bills, police said.

State police said the Better Business Bureau estimates thousands of people across the country have been targeted in the scam.

To guard against the scam, state police are advising people to:

  • Be careful about giving out personal information
  • Not allow anyone into their homes without official identification
  • Not allow anyone purporting to be from a utility company into your home unless an appointment with a utility representative has been scheduled or there is a problem. Utility company representatives “will not just show up,” state police said in a news release.

Police investigating trailer theft

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Police are investigating the theft of a trailer loaded with steel tubing from Strait Steel in Antrim Township, Pa., that occurred sometime last month.

Pennsylvania State Police said someone stole a 45-foot aluminum spread-axle Raven flatbed trailer loaded with about 31,000 pounds of steel tubing from Strait Steel at 8400 Molly Pitcher Highway (U.S. 11).

Police said the theft occurred between Aug. 24 and 27.

Anyone with information about the theft may call 717-264-5161.

Police probe identity theft through cell phone

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a case of identity theft that occurred earlier this summer and involved a man’s cellphone account.

Police said a 71-year-old Waynesboro-area man reported that someone obtained his personal information and set up an unauthorized Verizon Wireless account.

The man was charged $82.58 for an overdue bill for which he was not responsible, police said.

 Anyone with information about the incident may call 717-264-5161.  


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