Woman out $785 after falling victim to scam

Published: Dec. 21, 2018 at 10:26 AM CST
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Lincoln Police said a 19-year-old is out nearly $800 after falling victim to a scam that featured a man claiming to be a detective from LPD.

Police said the victim received a call from a man claiming to be Detective Abel from the Lincoln Police Department.

The man told her she missed her jury duty and owed $785.

The woman went to CVS and purchased a MoneyPak card and provided the information to the man, according to police.

The man then directed her to mail $800 worth of prepaid Visa card to 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., which she did.

The victim then learned she was being scammed, called the police, and canceled the Visa cards.

However, she still suffered a loss of $785.

Lincoln Police are reminding citizens that law enforcement, the IRS, or any other government agency would never call and demand money.