Woman nearly scammed by officer-impersonation call

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Lincoln Police said a woman was nearly scammed after taking a call from someone claiming to be a police officer and saying a warrant was issued for her arrest.

The scammer called the 26-year-old woman on Saturday and said she didn’t show up for court and a warrant had been issued for her arrest, police said.

The man told the woman to purchase three prepaid cards to pay the fine over the phone, which the scammer said was $1,300.

The woman did purchase the cards, and went to the police department to deliver them, where she was told this was a scam, police said.

The woman was only charged a $17 fee for the cards.

LPD said the scammer spoofed the non-emergency dispatch number, which comes up as 402-441-6000.