Public Safety Blotter Articles

Pittsburgh Police Warn of Computer and Bicoin Scam Appearing to Target SeniorsĀ 

Date: February 20, 2024
Incident Type: Fraud
Location: All zones
Summary:

Pittsburgh Police are alerting the public to a fraudulent scheme where at least two people in Pittsburgh have been tricked into handing over large sums of money.

In one instance, a 70-year-old female was alerted via her Mac Book that her computer had been hacked. She spoke with someone who she believed was Apple Support and was then transferred to another person she was told was a PNC Fraud specialist. 

She was then convinced to withdraw $22,000 to buy Bitcoin at a convenience store in the city.

In the second reported case, a 72-year-old woman was alerted on her Ipad to call a phone number provided. She too spoke with someone she thought was an Apple Customer Service Representative. Her call was transferred twice and she was ultimately told her account was hacked and used for child pornography. 

The woman then withdrew $7,000 dollars and purchased Bitcoin, also at a local convenience store.

Pittsburgh Police Zone 4 detectives are investigating these specific cases. They are encouraging anyone who may have fallen victim to this scam to call 9-1-1 and report it to your local police.


Reporting PIO:
Cara Cruz

2024-02-20
PIO@pittsburghpa.gov