SMICKSBURG, Pa. (KDKA) — Pennsylvania State Police say an Indiana County woman lost thousands of dollars in a phone scam.

According to police, a male suspect called the 78-year-old Smicksburg, Pa., woman Wednesday and claimed to be an attorney requesting bail money for the woman’s grandson.

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The woman fell for the scam and sent $13,000 in cash to an address in New York City.

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State Police say this is a common scam with criminals continuing to target vulnerable community members.

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