By: Sabrina Ahmed
It's a call any parent would be terrified to get, someone threatening to take your child to jail. It happened to a Lincoln woman, and police say it was all a scam.
"It's a fear factor and they can do it—they will scare you," she said.
A man called her Monday morning. She was told something she never thought possible.
If this woman doesn't get ahold of her daughter in the next two hours and pay the almost 600 dollar fine she owes to the county attorney, there will be a warrant out for her daughter's arrest.
This mother said she panicked, her daughter came over, and they called the 1-800 number, gave their credit card number, and also gave her social security number.
"They gave us the case number and, at the end of her conversation, they gave a confirmation number, so they sounded like they were the real deal," the victim said.
But after thinking about it, she realized something was fishy. So she called the county attorney, who said no one with that name worked there. They said they would never use tactics like putting a two hour time limit on a payment.
This woman said she is afraid, and feels vulnerable. She never thought this could happen to her.
"I usually know this stuff and I'm really careful when I answer the phone about stuff—because they were threatening my daughter, it made it more scary and you'll do whatever they want," she said.
Police said this woman isn't the only one who falls for this and everyone needs to be careful.
"We've had several of these over the last several month. People will claim to be local police, the federal government, in order to try to get money, or credit card information from someone over the phone, this is the first time it's been the prosecutor's office, however the tactic is still the same," Officer Katie Flood said.
The woman canceled her credit card before it was ever charged, but the scammer has her daughter's social security number. Again, police say if you receive a phone call like this, never give out personal information.