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Viewer sees News 8 report on scam, just in time

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The Grandparents Scam is conning seniors out of thousands of dollars across the country. But thanks to a News 8 report, one grandmother didn't fall for it.

After the story aired in San Diego County, one viewer didn't think much about it until his flustered mother called him from Los Angeles.

Scott Landow's 87-year-old mother, Sue, called him in a panic. A scam artist claiming to be her grandson phoned her begging for money, but before she wired the $2,000, she called her son.

Four days before, the crooks called Scott's mother, Scott saw News 8's story about the Grandparents Scam, explaining how Carol Woolley was conned out of $2,000. Carol reported her case to San Diego police, who in turn, sent the case to the FBI.

The FBI is warning grandparents across the country to be on the lookout for the scam that preys upon a grandparents' love for their grandchildren.

Scott says from now on his mother will protect herself with caller ID.

News 8 spoke to an FBI agent who offers this advice: if you receive a call like this, resist the pressure to act quickly. Call your family members and see if the story is true. Once you wire your money away, you can't get it back.

If you've been scammed report the incident to your local police department.

The FBI will not investigate the crime if a victim loses several thousand dollars, which is why spreading the word about this scam is so important.

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