OMAHA (KPTM)- It all started with a phone call.
"He said I want to come over and visit because he was working in Grand Island, so I said sure," said a woman, who didn't want to be identified.
She said she hadn't heard from her "nephew" in years and was happy to have him come visit.
"I got another phone call came in that he had an accident about a half hour before getting to Lincoln," she said.
She said her "nephew" called to tell her he hit another driver. He said the two wanted to settle it out of court, but he needed her to wire $400 to the place in Mexico where the man he hit was traveling.
"I just fell for it, we were talking about family members. You just don't think about anything," she said.
She quickly send the money, and just fifteen minutes after it was gone, she got a phone call that her nephew was never in any accident, and not even in the state.
"They don't give you sufficient time to think," she said.
"They're kind of trained in tactics where they get people to talk on the phone and continue to give out little bit by little bit of their information," said Public Information Officer, James Shade.
Shade said scammers know how to get information through quick conversations and social media sites.
"They're also able to pull a lot of personal information off of discarded bills and other things you throw right into the trash," said Shade.
Shade said scammers usually try to target people by using family members that are hurt or in need of money. "What they're doing is in mass, they are calling out any person that they can," said Shade.
Shade said once a scammer gets your information you need to act quickly.
"It takes a long time to get your identity back. It takes about 40 man-hours to undo everything that is done by these scammers," said Shade.
Shade said there are departments at the Omaha Police Department that help scamming victims.