Man poses as pastor in text, tries to scam person out of $500 in eBay gift cards, Woodbury police say

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WOODBURY, Conn (WTNH) — State police released a PSA Monday warning of the dangers of text scammers after a Woodbury resident almost fell victim to a text messaging scam.

Woodbury Resident Trooper Officer posted a sample of a recent scam sent to a Woodbury resident in which the sender disguised himself as a pastor. The perpetrator wanted the resident to buy $500 worth of eBay gift cards for “patients at a hospital” and then send the perpetrator the pin numbers on the cards. 

Police say the number came back as a Google phone number, “which would be nearly impossible to trace.”

“Good thing this guy didn’t do as instructed!”

– Woodbury Resident Trooper Office, via Facebook

If you ever receive a text message or phone call from someone you don’t know asking for money, do not send them money and call the police.

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