85-year-old Lincoln woman loses $53,000 in online scam, police say

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – An 85-year-old woman lost over $50,000 in an online scam on Friday, Lincoln Police say.

The woman got a pop-up on her computer, which said someone had used her information to partake in online gambling.

She called the number listed on the pop-up and spoke with a person who claimed to be from her bank.

Police say the woman was told that she needed to transfer $53,000 to an account based in California.

She was informed that the person responsible for stealing her information would be arrested when they tried to withdraw from the account.

So the victim did as she was told and transferred the money, police say.

The woman’s son was then made aware of the scam and called police.

He is now working with the victim’s bank to see if the money can be recovered.

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