2 people lose nearly $7,000 to scams in Lincoln County

MERRILL, Wis. (WSAW) -- The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department is warning people about three scams after two people lost money last week.

Investigators said the most serious scam resulted in a person losing $6,000. In that scam, the man responded to a Facebook ad applying for a grant in the amount of $1,000,000 through AARP. He was instructed to go to Walmart and purchase $3,000 in gift cards for a processing fee which he did. The man was then advised to send another $1,500 for a delivery fee which he also did through gift cards. This continued a few more times and in the end the victim had lost nearly $6,000. The victim deleted his Facebook account, however the scammers already had his information and had opened a false Facebook account in his name and started asking his friends and family for money.

Just two days later, a Merrill man lost $900 after scammers were able to access the victim’s computer and he paid them $900 in Google Play gift cards.

Another scam involved a receiving a phone call about Amazon Prime. The scammers said his credit card was being used to purchase an iPhone for $350. The scammer said they could settle this if he bought some Walmart or Green cards. The man questioned the caller and stated he knew this was a scam call, the caller immediately hung up.

The call was placed from 877-675-3369. The man was not out any money.

The BBB reminds consumers the first red flag of scam is having to pay to receive a prize or money. They also remind everyone gift cards are for gifts and are not a form of currency.