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State Police: Watch out for phone, internet scams

Ron Musselman
York Dispatch
State Police have investigated a rash of phone scams in York County

Pennsylvania State Police are urging York County residents to take extra caution when dealing with requests for money through a phone call or the internet.

Over the past eight days, State Police have reported two scams connected to theft and crime by deception.

One incident involved a 73-year-old East Hopewell Township man who State Police said was scammed out of $1,200 in Walmart gift cards through a hacked Facebook account, and a 77-year-old Red Lion woman who was scammed out of $400 in Google Play gift after her pastor's email account was hacked. 

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The recent scams come after one in November where the perpetrator apparently admitted to the ruse, police said. 

On Nov. 7, State Police said a man identifying himself by the alias of James Goodman contacted a 42-year-old Shrewsbury Township man and asked him to send $1,500 via Western Union to in order to post bail for his incarcerated brother-in-law.

Troopers said the victim called the suspect after sending the money. The man informed the victim it was a scam.