Gift-Card Scammers Steal Thousands From Newtown Twp. Residents


NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP, PA — Newtown Township police are warning local residents about several gift card scams that netted $9,500 from two residents.

A 76-year-old woman called police on the morning of Aug. 7 after she sent $7,500 in prepaid gift cards to someone posing as an Amazon employee, according to police reports.

The woman told police she received an email that appeared to be from Amazon, which said she had purchased a computer on her account. The woman called the phone number included in the email to report the unexpected purchase and get a refund, which set the scam in motion, police said.

Newtown Township police were called Aug. 11 to investigate a similar scam, in which a 70-year-old resident sent $2,000 in prepaid gift cards to someone posing as her church’s archbishop.

The “archbishop” sent her an email asking for the gift cards to “reward people for doing good deeds,” police said. The woman bought 10 gift cards and…

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