A new scam is targeting consumers desperate to get a loan, but they aren't the only victims. A legitimate Lincoln business says it's name has been hijacked.
In the past three weeks, the calls have been pouring in at Hamilton Lending in Lincoln.
Many of those callers learn it wasn't this legitimate business that promised them a personal loan.
"They're calling asking for whatever gentleman they spoke with thinking that they're here and when we tell them that they're not then they start asking questions," said Tracy Hinton of Hamilton Lending.
That's because scam artists in Canada are using the Lincoln business's name-and a Lincoln address on its' website.
The address they are using is on "O" street in downtown Lincoln. The "real" Hamilton Lending sits on Village Drive.
Tracy says the scam artist promises a loan between $5,000 and $10,000. It also asks the consumer to wire 3-4 months of loan payments up-front.
"We've only had four or five people that have actually wired money and have been out that money," said Hinton. "The highest that we've had has been $8000."
Tracy contacted Nebraska Banking and Finance for help.
It has shut down the scam artist's website "hamiltonloans.net."
Tracy checked out the fraudulent website before it was shut down-and noticed it was a scam immediately.
"There's no contact information. You have to fill out your information for them to contact you. That's a huge red flag," said Hinton.
Hamilton Lending says it's received about 25 calls in the last three weeks on this matter.
It does not give out personal loans.