State police issue warning over scams targeting seniors

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – State police in Dauphin County are issuing a warning after receiving multiple reports of scams targeting senior citizens in the Dauphin County area.

The scams include the “IRS Scam,” “Grandparent Scam,” and the “Computer Virus Scam.”

  • IRS Scam – Victim is contacted by mail saying they owed back taxes to the IRS and that they needed to call a certain phone number for further instruction. There they are then instructed to pay the back taxes using iTunes gift cards or else they will be arrested.
  • Grandparent Scam – Victim is told their grandchild has been involved in an accident and that the victim must pay a certain amount to cover the medical bills. The payment is asked for using iTunes gift cards.
  • Computer Virus Scam – Victim is contacted and told there is a virus on their computer and that in order to get the virus off their computer they need to pay a certain amount for it to be removed. The payment is asked for in iTunes gift cards.

In all five reported incidents, police say the victims have been seniors and the payment requested has been in the form of iTunes gift cards.

If you have been a victim of a victim, state police ask that you call your local department.

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