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UPDATE: Rockstar energy drink scam in rural Lincoln

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By: Kayla Bremer
kbremer@klkntv.com

A new scam asking people to advertise for an energy drink has made its way to Lincoln.

Three people have fallen victim.

The most recent victim is a 49–year–old Lincoln man who was lucky enough to be warned that he was being scammed before he lost money.

The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office warns emails are being sent out telling people they can make big money by advertising for energy drinks – the most recent cases have involved Rockstar.

The emails say they'll pay you $400 a week if you wrap your car in the drink's logo.

Officials say whoever is behind the scam asks you to send them money to start the process and then they send you a check in return.

"What turns out to happened is the check is fraudulent and they receive no cash," Capt. Ben Houchin said.

Three cases in Lancaster County have been reported so far.  In two of them, each victim lost close to $2,000 dollars.

The Consumer Protection Division of Nebraska says they get thousands of phone calls and complaints about different scams each year.

"When they're offering anything that you have to pay for ahead of time, especially if they're asking for you to wire money or use prepaid charge cards or credit cards...once you wire money to somebody that you don't know, you're probably not going to get that back," Director of Communications Shannon Kingery said.

To keep yourself safe from scams:

-Delete emails from people you don't know.

-Never click on any links in emails

-Whenever you throw something away with personal information, make sure you shred it first.

"If there's a really easy thing for you to do to get paid a whole bunch of money, you know let's go back to if it's too good to be true, it probably is," Attorney Matt Aerni said.

If you get any emails or phone calls that seem suspicious, call the hotline (1-800-727-6432) or visit the Attorney General's website, www.ago.ne.gov

By: Channel 8 Newsroom
8@klkntv.com

LSO officials say a 49-year-old man from rural Lincoln was the victim of an online scam involving Rockstar energy drink.

Officials say the man received an email offering him $400 a week to advertise the energy drink on his car.

He was later sent a check for $2,700 to have his car wrapped in the company logo, but the check was bad.

According to officials, a bank caught the bad check before the man lost out on anything.

Officials say similar online scams have taken place nationwide, and that Rockstar does not hire private people to advertise.

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