Rite Aid has been a target of a recent scam involving a phony sweepstakes in which callers tell victims they’ve won money through the drug store chain, according to Pennsylvania State Police.
Troopers say they’ve been alerted by Rite-Aid officials that the scam targeting an elderly western Pennsylvania woman on Saturday has happened in other areas, too.
Police say a caller from a phone number that has since been traced to Jamaica told the woman she had won $18,000 but had to purchase a “green dot card” for $500 to cover taxes. The cards are pay-in-advance devices that Rite-Aid customers can use legitimately like debit cards. In this case, the woman’s information was used to access her money.
Fortuately, the woman did not fall for the trick, instead alerting her son, who contacted police, State Trooper Joe Zandarski said.
Rite Aid has been made aware of the scam.
Nobody has been arrested in the western Pennsylvania case.