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Mercer County grandma loses $16,000 in scam

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A Mercer County grandmother was allegedly scammed out of $16,000 over the phone. 

According to Pennsylvania State Police, the Jackson Township grandmother was allegedly at her home when she sent the money to an unknown individual over the phone.

The woman allegedly sent the money after the scammer told her that her grandson was in legal trouble.   

The Federal Trade Commission says scammers can pretend to be a family member or friend and may urge you to wire money immediately in response to an emergency.

The goal for this kind of scam is to get the victim to send the money before they realize they're being scammed. 

If someone calls or sends a message to claiming to be a family member or a friend desperate for money, the FTC reminds people to resist the urge to act immediately, verify the person's identity, call a number for a family member or friend you know is genuine, verify the story with someone else you know, and don't wire money or overnight a check. 

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