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Lincoln man defrauded of more than $25,000, police say; nearly $16,000 recovered
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Lincoln man defrauded of more than $25,000, police say; nearly $16,000 recovered

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Scammers purporting to be from the Boston Police Department  using a phone number tied to the police force  defrauded a 72-year-old Lincoln man of more than $25,000 on Tuesday, according to police.

Cornhusker Bank employees were able to halt a fraudulent transfer of around $16,000, reducing the total loss to around $11,000. 

Lincoln Police Officer Erin Spilker said the scammers told the man that his identity, along with his wife's, had been stolen and used to help fraudulently fund terrorist organizations.

The callers told the man he needed to send gift cards to clear the matter up, Spilker said. When the man questioned the scammers, he fielded a call from a number appearing to belong to Lincoln Police. Callers posing as LPD officers told the man the scam was legitimate, Spilker said.

After sending $11,360 in gift cards, the scammers told the man an arrest was made in the identity theft case, but that he needed to pay $16,000 in court fees, Spilker said.

The man went to Cornhusker Bank and wired $16,095 to an account in Turkey, according to police. Suspicious bank employees stopped the transfer before it went through, a Cornhusker Bank spokesperson told the Journal Star. 

Spilker said there was a language barrier that may have added to the 72-year-old's vulnerability to the scam. An investigation is ongoing.

Staff at the The Aging and Disability Resource Center are available help people older than 60 or those with disabilities from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 402-441-7070. Among other resources, the center is available to help avoid and/or deal with abuse, neglect and financial exploitation.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7223 or awegley@journalstar.com.

On Twitter @andrewwegley 

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