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Government Check Scams Already Surfacing

MINNESOTA–While the government has yet to work out all the details surrounding economic relief checks, scammers are already trying to take advantage of unsuspecting Americans. The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota says it has received reports of scammers attempting to get people to pay a fee to get the government checks immediately. The Federal Trade Commission in…

West Fargo Police Department Warns Community of Phone Scam

The department says it would never request gift cards as a form of payment.

WEST FARGO, N.D.–The West Fargo Police Department is warning the community to not be fooled by a phone scam going around. They say scammers have been using the West Fargo Police Department’s name and possibly using software to mimic the department’s phone number. Police say one person was told their was a warrant for their arrest and was instructed to…

Jamestown Police Informing Public of Fake Abduction Scam

JAMESTOWN, N.D.–The Jamestown Police Department is informing the public about an extortion scam involving a fake abduction. The Stutsman County Dispatch received a call at approximately 1:10 p.m. on Tuesday regarding a possible kidnapping at the Jamestown Walmart. The man, who was calling from Bismarck, reported his daughter had been kidnapped. The man said he was on the phone with…

Police Report Jason Aldean Concert Ticket Scam

The seller used credible payment sources and promised delivery through a common ticket vendor.

WEST FARGO, N.D.–The West Fargo Police Department has received reports of a scam involving the sale of Jason Aldean concert tickets. Two victims say they purchased tickets from a private seller. After providing payment through an online payment system, the victims were blocked from contacting the seller and did not receive the tickets. The seller used credible payment sources and…

Grafton Police Warn of Ransom Scam

The sole purpose of a ransom scam is to extort money.

GRAFTON, N.D.–The Grafton Police Department issued a warning about scammers claiming to have kidnapped children and grandchildren in order to get money. Police describe the scammer as a man with a Hispanic accent who is immediately aggressive and demanding. This person threatens to harm the child or grandchild if certain demands are not met. The North Dakota Attorney General’s Office…

Xcel Energy Scam Targets Local Businesses

Xcel Energy says the scammers are also targeting the elderly.

FARGO, N.D.–The Fargo Police Department became aware of a scam involving Xcel Energy Wednesday morning. Fargo Police say they heard from multiple local businesses claiming they received calls that appeared to be from Xcel Energy. The scammers threatened to disrupt services if the businesses didn’t pay within a certain time period. Xcel Energy says the scammers are also targeting the…

Cass County Sheriff Warns Public of Phone Scam

The Sheriff's Office is not aware of anyone that has fallen victim to the scam.

CASS COUNTY, N.D.–The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is informing the public of a scam sweeping through the F-M area. The Sheriff’s Office says scammers are “spoofing” their phone number and making it look as if phone calls are coming from a legitimate source. One individual told the Sheriff’s Office the scammer advised them that they were from the Social Security…

Jamaican Lottery Scam Victim Waiting for Full Restitution

As of now, Edna has only received three checks totaling $287.

HARVEY, N.D. – A 90-year-old woman who was scammed out of her life savings by a Jamaican lottery scam wants all of her $400,000 back. Edna Schmeets, of Harvey, was the victim whose case launched what became the first large-scale Jamaican lottery scam case prosecuted in the U.S. All 31 defendants have been prosecuted, including 14 Jamaican nationals who were…

Moorhead Public Service Warns of Phone Scam

Numerous customers have contacted MPS claiming they received these suspicious phone calls.

MOORHEAD, Minn.–Moorhead Public Service is warning customers of a payment scam in which individuals call attempting to collect payment from MSP customers. Numerous customers have contacted MPS claiming they received these suspicious phone calls. MPS uses automated messages for its collection process and past due balances, but it does not demand direct payment over the phone. MPS is urging anyone…

Bismarck Woman Loses $98,000 in Phone Scam

The 78-year-old woman overnighted cash to the fake company several times.

BISMARCK, N.D.–Police say a Bismarck woman has lost $98,000 in a scam by a caller who claimed his company had deposited too much money into her account. Officer Lynn Wanner says the 78-year-old woman overnighted cash to the fake company several times. Wanner says the caller told the woman there was a mistake with deposits made into her account and…