Man out 3K after falling victim to scam

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Lincoln Police said a 71-year-old Lincoln man is out $3,000 after falling victim to a scam where the suspect claimed to be from the Social Security Office.

LPD said on Thursday, the victim reported he received a call from someone claiming to be from the Social Security Office.

The caller told the victim he would transfer him to the DEA regarding problems with his social security number, police said.

The victim was told to put $3,000 on Hotels.Com gift cards and give the scammer the numbers.

The victim purchased the cards and provided the numbers, police said.

Police are reminding people the IRS, Social Security Administration, and Law Enforcement will never call you to request payment. If a caller demands payment via any type of gift card, it's a scam.