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Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Another scam in Rochester involving an elderly victim.

Police Capt. Casey Moilanen says the 76-year-old woman told an investigator she received a message from a Facebook friend last month about a “special assistance program. “

The message indicated the friend had received a $200,000 grant - after paying a $15,000 “fee. “

The Rochester woman eventually sent four payments to a South Carolina address between Oct 13 and Nov 20.  She told a family member what she had been doing and decided to call police on Saturday.  By then, the woman had been scammed out of $27,000.

Moilanen says it’s believed the scammer had hacked the Facebook account of the woman’s friend and then sent her the message.

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