LPD: Man scammed by person he was looking to hire as a caretaker

Authorities are investigating after a Lincoln man reported being scammed out of hundreds of dollars by a person he was looking to hire as a caretaker. 
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Authorities are investigating after a Lincoln man reported being scammed out of hundreds of dollars by a person he was looking to hire as a caretaker.

The 61-year-old victim told officers he had suffered a major medical incident that left him incapacitated and was looking for someone to assist him with basic daily needs.

A person who offered to help him requested the victim send gift cards before they would travel to Lincoln, police said.  The man lost $705 before realizing it was a scam.

The victim met the person on a social media app.

Police are reminding people not to send cash, checks, gift cards, card numbers or to wire money to unknown individuals, especially if they threaten you in any way.

 

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