MERCER COUNTY (KDKA) — An elderly woman in Mercer lost more than $27,000 in a phone scam last week.

According to state police, an actor called a 94-year-old woman in Mercer, claiming he was a police officer who had arrested her grandson for drug possession. He then asked her to send money to bail her grandson out of jail.

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The victim sent money to Michigan on three different occasions between Nov. 2 and Nov. 7. She sent a total of $27,650 to the scammer.

Similar scams, with the scammer calling an elderly person and claiming to be their grandchild and in need of money, have been popular in the past.

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Last month, Pittsburgh Police were investigating two cases of people being contacted about a relative being kidnapped for ransom.

Police say if you get a call like this, ask the caller specific questions to verify their identity, try getting in touch with other family members before sending any money and contact police.

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