Fake LPD officers threaten to cut victim during scam, Lincoln Police say

Scammers ordered the victim to withdraw $5,200 from her bank to evade arrest.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A local bank manager saved a victim on Thursday from scammers claiming to be Lincoln Police officers.

The victim, a 50-year-old woman, received phone calls from two people claiming to be LPD officers, police say.

One of the fake officers identified as Sergeant Gaston.  According to police, Sgt. Gaston is not an actual supervisor within the department.

Scammers told the victim that she missed a court appearance and was ordered to pay a fine to avoid arrest.  The fake officers instructed her to withdraw $5,200 from her bank.

She was ordered to make an Apple Pay account to send money to the scammers, police say.

A bank manager recognized that the victim was being scammed and told her not to make the transaction.  The scammers got angry and threatened to cut the victim and the bank manager, police say.

Thanks to the bank manager the victim suffered no loss, said LPD.

Lincoln Police have not yet made an arrest in this case and remind the public that no one from LPD will ever call and ask for money.

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