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Scammers Target Benton City Woman, Left a Message Saying it Was the FTC

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BENTON CITY, WA - Crooks are using clever schemes to trick people out of money every day, and Wednesday was no different for one Benton City woman.

The NBC Right Now newsroom got a phone call from a woman Wednesday saying she was the target of scam, but luckily she knew better.

Mary Bramer tells NBC Right Now that a strange number from Washington, D.C. called her, but she didn't pick up. Instead. the caller, who identified himself as John Roberts from the Federal Trade Commission, left her a message to call him back.

Bramer found the 800 number for the FTC in Washington, D.C. and called the FTC. She was directed to the Seattle branch. They warned her, that this was a scam.

Bramer told us what the Seattle branch told her on the phone. "If there's something going on with identity theft or something with you, we would send a certified letter out or we would call and leave a message saying that... we would say 'get a hold of officer whomever' but we don't get say 'get a hold of this person' and leave it at that," Bramer tells NBC Right Now.

Scammers are always adding new twists to old schemes. For some tips from the FTC to stay safe, click here.