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Widows In Pennsylvania Town Being Pranked With Fake Abduction Call

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GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police in one western Pennsylvania city are trying to find a prank caller who has played a sick joke on recently widowed women.

Police in Greensburg say the caller tells the women that their relative has been abducted and tied up.

The caller has targeted two women whose husbands recently died and, in each case, used the specific name of a relative. That’s leading police to believe that the caller is finding the names of widows in newspaper obituaries and then using the names of surviving relatives as part of the ruse.

Police say both widows contacted them after receiving the calls last month. Police determined neither relative had really been harmed.

Greensburg police Lt. Doug Marcoz says, “Nothing leads us to believe that anybody is in any danger.”

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