LINCOLN, Neb. – A local man fell victim to a lottery scam, resulting in nearly $4,000 in losses.
In July of 2016, a 60-year-old Lincoln man was contacted by an unknown party, who told the victim he won $17.6 million, authorities said.
However, the scammer told the victim that he had to pay license fees and taxes, and the man proceeded to make 21 money transfers to an unknown party in Jamaica.
The total amount of money transferred was $2,840. In addition, the victim sent an iPhone 7 to the unknown party, valued at $900.
The victim was told that the phone would be loaded with credit, and sent back.
The man ended up paying $3,740 between July 2016 and February 2017.
This is the only case of this particular scam that the Lincoln Police Department is aware of this year.