In spite of regular stories telling people not to buy gift cards to settle debts or restore accounts, people are still falling for the scam with one of the latest reports coming from Susquehanna County.

Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News
Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News
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Pennsylvania State Police say a 62-year-old Union Dale woman recently got a call from someone identifying himself as “Allen Parker” claiming to be a manager at Amazon Prime, saying her account had been locked due to suspicious activity.

“Parker” told the woman in order to unlock her account, she had to buy thousands of dollars in gift cards.

The victim bought $2,000 in gift cards and gave the card numbers to the caller, who then told her it wasn’t enough and more money was needed to unlock the account.  The woman did not buy more cards.

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Companies, government officials, law enforcement, courts and even banks are frequently used by scammers to scare victims into revealing personal information or forwarding gift card numbers that can be used to make fraudulent purchases or get cash.  The legitimate entities do not send emails or make calls demanding gift or prepaid debit card payments.

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