Scammers use identities of local officers in recent calls

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LINCOLN, Neb. — A commonly received scam call is being heard by residents across the state of Nebraska recently, but the scammers have added a new twist.

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that the current scam features a person calling and pretending to be a law enforcement official.

The caller uses the actual name, and title, of a Lancaster County Sheriff officer that they pulled from the internet, authorities said.

The scammer states that there is an outstanding warrant pending for the person on the other side of the line, and they must purchase a specific dollar amount in gift cards to get it removed.

The scammers also have a voicemail set up identifying themselves as a Lancaster County Sheriff’s officer.

Local authorities are attempting to remind residents that if there is any doubt in the validity of the call, to contact police immediately, adding that the no government agency will ever ask a person to pay fine with a gift card.