A 63-year-old Lincoln woman reported being scammed out of $162,000. 

According to police, the woman said she was friended on Facebook earlier this year by a person who said his name is Ethan. He told her that he worked on a boat in the Atlantic Ocean.

He “sweet-talked” the woman, asking her for money to get home to California. He made multiple requests for money, including $3,000 for Internet service, $30,000 for a vacation and $50,000 for a plane ticket.

The woman contacted Fidelity Investments to remove the money from her 401(k) and sent the money to various places, including Texas and Georgia. Fidelity refused to make a fraud claim, police said, because she voluntarily withdrew the money.

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Kelsey covers health and fitness for The World-Herald. Follow her on Twitter @kels2. Phone: 402-444-3100.

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