Scammer impersonates Lincoln Police to defraud woman of $4,500

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A woman lost $4,500 in a scam that involved the caller impersonating the Lincoln Police Department.

The fraud was reported by a 43-year-old woman on Thursday, Lincoln Police say.

She told police that she had been receiving calls from someone who identified themselves as a member of LPD.

The caller told the woman that she had missed a subpoena and would face civil penalties or a $6,000 fine, police say.

She then went along and began purchasing several gift cards, giving the information to the caller.

Police say a store clerk told the victim that she was likely the victim of a scam.

The woman lost around $4,500, according to police.

Lincoln Police remind the community that they would never accept payment, including gift cards.

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