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Elderly Swampscott woman falls prey to phone scam

SWAMPSCOTT — It was shortly after 8 on a mid-October morning when Vivian Mandell’s cellphone rang. She was rushing out the door, on her way to her appointment at the beauty salon, but decided to answer the call.

At that moment she didn’t realize she was about to become one of the hundreds of thousands of Americans who fall victim to financial scams each year. But unlike most of those victims, Mandell eventually became one of the few who will get her money back.

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