An overseas gift card phone scam has left a Lincoln man short $7,000.

The 63-year-old victim reported to police Tuesday he had received a robocall telling him his computer support company had changed hands and he was due a $299 refund, Officer Angela Sands said Wednesday. 

He called a provided phone number and was told the company was going out of business and needed his bank account information to issue the refund. He was also directed to give remote access to his computer.

Sands said the victim had previously paid for the services of a legitimate computer monitoring company, and that his family also had remote access. 

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The scammer told the victim the company had accidentally given him a $3,000 refund instead of $299 and that he would need to purchase Home Depot gift cards and provide the information to the scammer from the cards before destroying them.

After doing so, the scammer told the victim they had deposited another $3,000 into his account and needed him to repeat the process with Best Buy gift cards.

Sands said the victim didn't realize the scammer was moving money into his account from another account his family owned. The victim purchased $7,000 in gift cards in total.

Police determined the phone number the scammer used was an overseas number. No arrests have been made, Sands said.

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