Kittanning, Pa. – PSP Tpr. Timothy Amy reported in the commission of this crime, unknown actor(s) scammed the victims by claiming to be in need of a baby sitter through a website called CARE.COM., which is the location where the actor(s) were obtaining the victims identity through CARE.COM.
They scammed the victim by claiming to have lost her husband and her 14 month old baby in a car crash in February with only one of her children surviving. The actor(s) then claimed that her only surviving child became disabled as a result of the crash and needed a powered wheel chair.
The actor(s) claimed to be deaf and can only communicate via text. The actor(s) then told the victim that she would receive a check in the amount of $2,775 which covered the cost of $2,400 for the powered wheel chair which the victim will give the wheel chair seller on delivery and the remaining $375 will cover the victims first week payment for baby sitting.
The actor(s) then convinced the victim that she will need to send the actor(s) two payments via wire transfer in which the victim first made a wire transfer in the amount of $1,100 through Western Union with there being a fee of $111 and a second wire transfer through Moneygram in the amount of $1,150 with there being a fee of $23.
The check for $2,775 through Morgan Bond in Phoenix, AZ that the victim received for the person(s) was not a valid check with the victim being defrauded for $2,384.
This incident occurred Thursday November 6, 2014 in Armstrong County and the investigation continues.