70-year-old Lincoln woman loses $11,000 in telephone scam

A 70-year-old Lincoln woman lost $11,000 in a telephone scam when someone called and told her that she was owed money.

The woman told Lincoln police that a man had called and said his company owed her $300, and there could be legal issues if she didn’t accept it. She then was instructed to go to a website and type in $300.

A second caller informed the woman that she had typed in $30,000, and the company needed its money back immediately. The woman was instructed to purchase gift cards and read the numbers to the caller, which she did.

The woman lost $11,000 before contacting police. A spokeswoman for the Lincoln Police Department said retail employees should watch for possible scams and ask questions if transactions seem suspicious.

Consumers concerned about possible fraud should contact the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office at www.protectthegoodlife.nebraska.gov to file a complaint.

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