Punxsutawney, PA – A Punxsutawney couple lost $1,000 to a scam artist recently.

The 73-year-old woman and 75-year-old man from Punxsy got a phone call on July 23 from a man calling himself Robin Ray.

The woman was instructed to purchase two Walmart gift cards in the amount of $500 apiece.

They provided the scam artist with the card numbers, and all of the money was immediately withdrawn off of the gift cards.

If someone calls you to say that you’ve won a sweepstakes or a dream vacation or that you’re being offered an extended vehicle warranty, that is a sign of a scam.

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Most often nowadays, if you didn’t initiate the phone call and you don’t personally know the caller, you should be suspicious. Immediately hang up the phone.

Do not give these callers any personal, bank account, or gift card information.

If you are unsure if something is a scam, you can always call your local police and describe it. They will be able to tell you if they have seen similar cases before.

https://youtu.be/0TOIjqBDpRc

Scams highlighted in this video:

Targeting the elderly 0:58

Jury duty scam 2:02

Code *72 scam 2:51

Equifax scam 3:46

IRS scam 4:33

Concert scams 5:26

Moving House Scam 6:04

Fake Charity Scam 6:50

Phishing Calls 7:51

Kidnapping Scam 8:32

  • Don’t answer the calls from unknown numbers.
  • Never let strangers know your personal information. Credit card, Social Security numbers, checking account – all this should be kept to yourself.
  • Don’t make the decision immediately – try to resist the pressure the criminals put on you.
  • Demand the information in writing before you agree to pay for a product or service.
  • Don’t send cash, be it by money transfer or overnight mail. In this case, the money will disappear, and you won’t be able to prove its existence.