DMV Warns Of Text Scam

May 13, 2021

The Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles says a new scam is using unsolicited text messages from unknown phone numbers claiming to be the DMV.  The texts say the recipients owe, or are owed, large sums of money from the DMV, and directs them to click a link. The DMV says recipients shouldn't click the link, but if they do, messages should be deleted immediately. The department says it sometimes sends texts to residents with their permission, but would never send emails demanding or promising money.

Julie Kalkowski, Executive Director of Creighton’s Financial Hope Collaborative, received a phishing scam email claiming her “stimulus cancellation request was approved” and she had just hours to reverse that process. 

Julie reported the email to the Better Business Bureau and contacted Mike Hogan to chat on “Live & Local” about scams like this one, how to keep from being a victim, and “the Dos and Don’ts” one should take when confronted with this type of situation.

More information about the Financial Hope Collaborative can be found at

Better Business Bureau Warns Against Fearmongering Scams

Jul 30, 2020

The Better Business Bureau is warning against scammers preying on fear. Better Business Bureau Investigator Steve Baker said scammers will pretend to be the I-R-S and take victims' bank information to withdraw money from the accounts. The Omaha Regional President and CEO said scammers are also claiming to be the C-D-C. Those scammers tell victims they can give them access to CARES Act funding. Baker said government agencies won't call asking for your personal information.

The Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles is warning residents of two phone scams targeting licensed Nebraska drivers. The first has callers claiming to represent Amazon or Apple warning that the targeted victim's account has been hacked. The caller then requests a photo of the front and back of the victim’s driver license to verify their identity, followed by a request for their bank information. The second phone scam is from a caller claiming to represent the FBI, who then requests a photo of the front and the back of the victim’s driver license followed by a demand for money.

DMV Warns Of Scam

Oct 31, 2019

(Omaha, NE) -- The Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles is warning residents about a scam.  Officials say scammers claiming to work at the DMV are calling residents and telling them their driver's licenses have been recalled or will be cut off unless they make a payment.  DMV officials say they will never call residents to demand payment or threaten to recall a driver's license. 


(West Des Moines, IA)  --  More details are now known about what Hy-Vee previously called a security incident involving payment processing systems.  Hy-Vee said yesterday malware was used to steal information from customers.  The general dates of the unauthorized activity at fuel pumps go as far back as December 2018 until late July.  Restaurants and drive-thru coffee shops were affected starting in mid-January of this year.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Police say a 63-year-old Lincoln woman was sweet-talked out of $162,000 by someone she met on social media.

Officer Angela Sands said Wednesday the person or people who communicated with the woman said his name was Ethan and that he worked on a boat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. He made several requests for money, including $3,000 for internet service, $30,000 for a vacation and $50,000 for a plane ticket.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Public Safety's Division of Criminal Investigation is warning of a phone scam targeting state residents.

(Sarpy Co., NE)  --  The Sarpy County sheriff's investigator is warning business managers in the area of a potential phone scam going around.  A donut shop manager and a coffee shop manager have both said they got a phone call recently from a number resembling their corporate office.  The person tried to convince them to take the money from their register and buy prepaid credit cards, put the money on them, and read the numbers back to them so they could withdraw it.  The donut shop claims it was scammed out of over one-thousand dollars.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson is warning the public about a recent postcard scam that has targeted businesses.

The Better Business Bureau is warning everyone to check out charities asking for donations.

BBB warns of online shopping scams

Dec 9, 2013

The Better Business Bureau is warning of online shopping and charitable giving scams this holiday season.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's attorney general is warning residents about phone scams related to computer technical support.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — MidAmerican Energy Company is warning customers of a telephone scam that appears to be targeting its customers.

BBB warns of tech support scam

May 31, 2013

The Better Business Bureau is warning of a scam involving random calls or emails offering tech support.

BBB warns of text message phishing scam

Nov 16, 2012

If you get a text message saying you could win a $1000 gift card from Target, delete it: it’s a scam.