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Lower Paxton man victim of elaborate fraud

Updated: Tuesday, August 27 2013, 05:33 PM CDT
Reported by: Donna Kirker Morgan

HARRISBURG -- A Lower Paxton Township man appears to be a victim of a very elaborate scam that may have involved phone hacking.

The victim -- whose name has not been revealed -- alerted police and his credit union that $80,000 was wrongly transferred out of his savings account.

Police say the credit union had completed many security protocols before transferring the money, including receiving a drivers license and other personal information. The credit union also made a call to the phone number on record but it appears that they did not reallly talk with their client.

Somehow the phone was rerouted and the person on the other end convinced the credit union staff that they had the correct approvals to transfer the money.

Police say the more than $80,000 was sent to a bank in England that is connected to a construction company in Pakistan. Lower Paxton Township Police have asked for some help on this case from federal agents.

They are also working with Verizon because -- for a few days last week --the victim's phone was not able to receive incoming calls.

"We are checking to see if it related and at appears it is," said Lt. Gary Seefeldt.
Lower Paxton man victim of elaborate fraud

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