AMBRIDGE, Pa. — Police say a telephone caller running a Homeland Security-themed scam was so persistent he continued his shtick even after a western Pennsylvania police officer answered the elderly target's phone.
Harmony Township police tell the Beaver County Times a caller told a 70-year-old woman she won $480,000 in a contest, but could only collect $100,000 under the Patriot Act — and then only if she sent a $5,000 cash "bond."
The woman sent the money by FedEx, but her family learned of it and contacted police before it could be delivered to an address in Brooklyn, N.Y.
While police were at the victim's house Monday, an officer answered a call from a man claiming to be a "Homeland Security agent" demanding to know why the package was delayed.
Police haven't identified or charged any suspects.