An elderly Schuylkill County woman was the victim of a phone scam.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said a 71-year-old Pine Grove Township woman received a call at her home in which the caller stated her grandson had been arrested overseas.

The caller convinced the woman to send a money order to cover fines and costs associated with the alleged crimes that her grandson had committed. Over the following days the criminals would fabricate additional circumstances that required the victim to send more money via money orders, troopers said.

The incident occurred over a time frame of Aug. 21-27, but just recently reported.