Lincoln woman loses $18,000 in bitcoin scam, police say

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A Lincoln woman lost $18,000 in a bitcoin scam on Wednesday, police say.

A 56-year-old woman got a notification on her computer that she had been hacked and was asked to call the provided number for help.

The victim was told that $18,000 had been withdrawn from her account to “facilitate illegal activity,” according to police.

She was then asked to withdraw an additional $18,000, transfer it to bitcoin and send it to the caller so they could stop the transactions.

The woman transferred $15,000 in bitcoin, but couldn’t send the last $3,000.

She was then instructed to buy three $1,000 Lowes gift cards and provide the caller with the information, according to police.

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