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Computer Repair Phone Scam Reported


phonescam1Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today warned Commonwealth residents of a recent computer repair telephone scam.

The scam, first reported in Fayette Co., starts with a call from a person with a heavy accent who claims the recipient of the call is in need of a computer update or repair. The caller instructs the person to wire money to pay for the work, but no update or repair work is actually needed. In one reported case, a senior citizen who did not even own a computer was a target of this scam.

The caller in some cases has stated he is calling from Los Angeles, according to information reported to the Office of Attorney General. Some of these scam calls also have reportedly originated from a phone with a 509 area code — which traces to the state of Washington — but it is possible the scammers are using the practice of "caller ID spoofing."

According to the AG’s office, this allows callers to deliberately falsify the telephone number and/or name relayed on a person's caller ID. In some cases, these calls may actually originate from out of the country.

Attorney General Kane offered the following tips to help prevent consumers from becoming victims of telephone scams:

  1. Never give out personal information over the telephone.
  2. Never give out billing information over the phone, especially if you receive an unsolicited telephone call from a stranger.
  3. Never wire money or purchase green dot-type prepaid cash cards in response to a telephone appeal, whether it is from a stranger or someone who claims to know you.
  4. Never let emotion or fear overcome your common sense. If you get a call for money from a friend or relative, slow down and verify everything. Don't let anyone rush you.
  5. Never give out sensitive information to anyone on the phone unless you initiated the call to a company you are certain is legitimate.
  6. Never forget that you are in control. You can always hang up, find a company's number and call it directly.

Consumers may file a complaint regarding the computer repair scam or other phone scams by calling the Office of Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection's toll-free helpline number at 1-800-441-2555.


Last Updated on Monday, 20 July 2015 11:28

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Swatting Mosquitos here just got more necessary


Mosquitos infected with the West Nile Virus have been found in Highspire and Middletown boroughs and Swatara Township.

mosquito1Friday Dauphin County’s officials confirmed West Nile Virus (WNV) Control Program has collected several infected mosquito samples throughout the boroughs and the township. Two positive samples were also found in the City of Harrisburg, bringing the countywide total for this year to five.

In an effort to reduce the mosquito population and prevent the virus from spreading, the county’s WNV Control Program is increasing surveillance and control measures throughout the county.

Certain species of mosquitoes carry WNV, which, when transmitted to people, can cause West Nile encephalitis, an infection that can result in an inflammation of the brain. Symptoms of WNV include fever, headache, body aches, nausea and sometimes swollen lymph glands or skin rash. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all residents of areas where virus activity has been identified are at risk of getting West Nile encephalitis.  

The following tips are recommended: 

  • Buy products with Bti (Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis)--a naturally-occurring bacteria that kills mosquito larvae but is safe for people, pets and plants--for stagnant pools of water in the lawn and garden.
  • Remove any standing water in pots, containers, pool covers, tires, wheelbarrows, wading pools, roof gutters and other containers that hold water.
  • Make sure screens fit tightly over doors and windows to keep mosquitoes out of homes.
  • Consider wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks when outdoors, particularly when mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, or in areas known for having large numbers of mosquitoes.
  • Reduce outdoor exposure at dawn and dusk during peak mosquito periods, usually April through October.
  • Use insect repellents according to the manufacturer’s instructions. An effective repellent will contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Consult with a pediatrician or family physician if you have questions about the use of repellent on children, as repellent is not recommended for children under the age of two months.

More information about the County’s WNV Control Program is available by calling 717-921-8100.


Last Updated on Saturday, 18 July 2015 07:09

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Missing Teen May Be In Central PA


The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children reports a Maryland teenager may have been in Central PA today.

Tabitha Rosinski, 17, is missing from Frederick, Maryland and was believed to have been in the Harrisburg and Carlisle areas on July 15.

RosinskiThe teenager is believed to be traveling in a white 2004 Subaru Legacy with Maryland license plate 9BG3344 and may be with an adult male.

Rosinski is a white female with red hair and blue eyes, 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 115 pounds.

The public is urged to call 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) with any information. Calls may be made anonymously.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 July 2015 16:51

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June 28 PA Turnpike Close Notice In Dauphin Co.


A 19-mile section of the PA Turnpike will be closed in both directions between the Harrisburg East Interchange (#247) and the Lebanon/Lancaster Interchange (#266) starting just after midnight until 6:30 a.m. on June 28.

The commission noted the six and half-hour closure is needed to safely allow crews to install beams on the bridge that carries Nissley Road over the Turnpike at milepost 248.2 in Lower Swatara Twp.

The recommended detour for eastbound motorists is:

Exit at Harrisburg East Interchange

Take I-283 north to U.S. Route 322 east to State Route 72 south

Reenter Turnpike at Lebanon-Lancaster Interchange.

The recommended detour for westbound motorists is:

Exit at Lebanon-Lancaster Interchange

Take State Route 72 north to U.S. Route 322 west to I-283 south

Reenter Turnpike at Harrisburg East Interchange.

Alternate-route cards will be available to exiting travelers, who should expect higher traffic volumes on the detour roads during the closure. 

This closure could be rescheduled due to weather conditions or other circumstances.

All work on the Nissley Road Bridge replacement project is expected to be completed by November, with an estimated construction cost of $3.1 million.


Last Updated on Thursday, 25 June 2015 10:48

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Bad weather has forced the cancellation of Middletown's Community Tree Lighting Ceremony and arrival of Santa Claus by fire truck that was scheduled for Friday, Dec. 5 at the Swatara Ferry House Landing at South Union and Ann streets.

Santa will arrive by fire truck at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13 instead, according to the Middletown Area Historical Society.

The Douglas fir that is decorated for Christmas will be lit without a formal ceremony.


Last Updated on Friday, 05 December 2014 14:54

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