Lincoln man loses thousands after Microsoft email scam

LANCASTER COUNTY, Neb. -- Authorities say a man in eastern Nebraska is out thousands of dollars after an email hoax.

The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office says a 63-year-old man got an email from a company claiming to be Microsoft and that he got a $400 refund. 

Investigators say the man had recently bought software from Microsoft, so he thought the emails was real and gave the scammer access to his computer. 

The scammers told the man he couldn't get the money, instead he needed to buy gift cards and share the numbers with them. 

Scammers stole close to $5,000.