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Philipsburg woman loses $1,500 to scam

Chester Hill Borough, PA – A Philipsburg woman lost $1,500 to a scam when hackers told her she needed to purchase gift cards to get rid of a virus on her computers.

The 49-year-old woman told State Police in Clearfield that unknown people gained access to her computer on May 4.

The suspect told her that she had a virus on her computer and that she needed to purchase $1,500 worth of Target gift cards in order to secure her computer’s security.

She purchased the gift cards, losing the money to the scam.

Be suspicious of anyone who contacts you and tells you that you need to give them money, gift cards, personal information, or financial information.

Click Here to read the online police report. (You’ll need to scroll down to page 6 to see this specific report.)