Target employee helps woman avoid future loss in scam

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LINCOLN, Neb. – An employee at Target helped a customer who was being scammed prevent any further loss, although the victim was already out $10,000.

Lincoln Police said on February 12 around noon, a Target employee reported they believed a customer was being scammed when a 71-year-old woman went to the electronics department to purchase a phone for someone else.

The woman was going to use a Discover card with someone else’s name, police said, and the Target employee asked the woman about her purchase.

The victim told the employee she was purchasing the phone for a man she met online and provided the man’s name.

The man, Robert Crane, had a 508 telephone prefix, and the employee recognized another woman making a previous purchase for a man with the same name a few weeks prior, according to LPD.

Loss prevention employees spoke to the customer and learned she met the man on Facebook over a year ago and has been purchasing iPhone gift cards for him.

The estimated loss for the woman is roughly $10,000.