Muhlenberg Police Warn of Phone Scammers Demanding Gift Cards, Targeting Seniors | Berks Regional News

MUHLENBERG TWP., Pa. — Muhlenberg Township police say phone scammers continue to work hard as they prey on things like your Social Security information and your money.

“Obviously over the last 1-2 years we’ve really seen a huge increase in scams,” Sergeant Andy Swoyer said.

Police said a number of scammers targeted local seniors and demanded gift cards.

“Tech support would be a big deal where they try to get you to buy some type of service,” Sergeant Swoyer said.

The township tries to crack down and the police help spread the word. Muhlenberg recently added an order that requires retailers to report gift card or prepaid card transactions over $400 to police because scammers often demand them as a form of payment.

“So that would help identify, potentially identify scams before they happen or help someone before they send the money,” Sergeant Swoyer said.

At the township building this Thursday, police will be holding workshops at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. regarding the prescription.

“We want to help spread the word, help educate and engage retailers so they understand and get their cooperation as well,” Sergeant Swoyer said.

The Federal Trade Commission said scammers often convince people to act urgently and tell them which specific gift cards to buy. People who pay fraudsters with gift cards should contact the company that issued the card immediately.

Michael N. Clark