LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – The Lincoln Police Department says a man lost more than $200,000 in an online banking scam.
On Feb. 22, LPD said a 74-year-old man turned on his computer and found a pop-up telling him his bank account had been “hacked” and gave him a phone number to call.
According to police, the victim called the number and was instructed to transfer money to a new account, as well as give remote access to his computer to someone posing as a Microsoft representative.
LPD said the scammer helped the victim open a new bank account and transfer over $210,000 to the new account.
Police said the scammer had access to the newly created account and took all of the transferred money.
The scammer specifically advised the victim not to discuss the transfer with anyone, according to police.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call LPD at (402) 441-6000 or Crime Stoppers at (402) 475-3600.
Stop a potential scam
The Lincoln Police Department advises anyone receiving a similar message to contact their bank for verification and guidance.
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LPD said the scammers are convincing and use tactics that may appear legitimate. If you are unsure, you can always hang up, review the information received and contact someone you trust.
You can also reduce unwanted calls by registering your phone number with the National Do-Not-Call Registry at 1-888-382-1222 or Donotcall.gov.
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