Woman Falls Victim to Pet Transport Phone Scam

investigationHUSTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (EYT) – State police in DuBois say a woman was the victim of theft by deception in Huston Township, Clearfield County.

The incident occurred various times between December 26 and December 28 at a residence on Parrish Road, according to police.

According to police, the incident occurred as an unknown male contacted the victim via telephone posing as a World Wide Pet Transport representative.

The unknown male then persuaded the victim to activate four REloadit MoneyPak cards for various amounts totaling $1,550 under the ruse that the cards were being used to pay for a legitimate pet transport service, police say.

Once the victim divulged the REloadit scratch off authorization codes on the back of said cards to the caller by text messages and/or email, the loaded funds on these cards were immediately cashed out and the telephone call was terminated, according to police.

The victim is listed as a 45-year-old known DuBois woman.

Police continue to investigate the incident.

The Pennsylvania State Police encourages the general public to be cautious about conducting business with unknown persons or businesses. It is very difficult for police to investigate incidents of this nature as these types of transactions (Moneypaks) are like sending cash and cannot be traced.

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