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Scam Involves Person Acting As Special Agent On Behalf of IRS

The caller is told a federal warrant is out for his or her arrest unless a fine is paid

MOORHEAD, Minn. — A new scam alert from Clay County Sheriff Mark Empting. He says the scam involves a person claiming to be a Special Agent Josh Penn. The scammer claims he is working on behalf of the IRS and that your bank account was used to set up illegal bank accounts for drug cartels in Texas. The caller is…

Scammers Use Local Numbers to Reach Victims

Gift cards and reload cards are now the number one reported method of payment for imposter scams

FARGO, N.D. — A woman receives a call from the Fargo Police Department’s phone number asking her to pay for fines with gift cards. But police say it’s a scam. Scammers using spoof devices to call victims from a local phone number demanding payment is becoming more common. According to the FTC, gift cards and reload cards are now the…

Woman Involved In Jamaican Lottery Scam Is Sentenced To Prison

At least 90 Americans lost over $5.7 million in the scheme which funneled money between the U.S. and Jamaica

FARGO, ND — It’s sentencing day for a Rhode Island woman convicted in North Dakota as part of a major lottery fraud. Judge Daniel Hovland sentenced Melinda Bulgin of Providence to four years in prison and restitution of around $330,000. At least 90 Americans lost over $5.7 million in the scheme which funneled money between the U.S. and Jamaica. The…

Better Business Bureau and AARP hosts ‘Scam Jam’ at Hjemkomst Center

Members from the bureau and AARP spoke about new age fraud and how scammers can access basic information about you from the internet.

MOORHEAD, Minn.– The Better Business Bureau hosting a seminar called “Scam Jam” to talk about popular scams that older people can fall into. Members from the bureau and AARP spoke about new age fraud and how scammers can access basic information about you from the internet. They chose someone who registered online. They were able to find all nine of…

AARP Hosts ‘Lunch and Learn’ to Teach People About How to Protect Themselves Against Scams

According to the AARP Fraud Watch Network, a con artist steals someone's identity every 2 seconds in the U.S

FARGO, N.D.– Robo–calls are nothing new in our area, but scams come in all shapes and sizes. According to the AARP Fraud Watch Network, a con artist steals someone’s identity every 2 seconds in the U.S. The group says in 2018, Americans lost $16 billion  to fraud, identity theft, and scams. There are many types of scams people can fall…

Wells Fargo Warns Customers of Scam

Do not respond to any emails, texts or phone calls asking you to activate your bank account, verify your identity or a request for sensitive information

FARGO, N.D. — If you are getting texts and phone calls that look like they’re from Wells Fargo, there’s a chance it could be part of a scam. This is a text message some have been receiving but it is not actually the bank. If you provided any information to the person on the other end, call the bank immediately or…

Better Business Bureau Warns About Valentines Day Scams

The Better Business Bureau says before you purchase flowers online, make sure the shop exists by calling or visiting the location

FARGO, N.D. — As you get ready to splurge on your loved ones this Valentine’s Day, make sure you aren’t getting scammed in the process. Fake, online flower shops are one of the scams you could come across. The Better Business Bureau says before you purchase flowers online, make sure the shop exists by calling or visiting the location. The…

Fergus Falls Man Lost Nearly $8,000 In Sweepstakes Scam

Police say the man received a letter telling him that he'd won a prize

FERGUS FALLS, MN — We have yet another warning about scams. A Fergus Falls man has lost nearly $8,000 in a sweepstakes scam. Police say the man received a letter telling him that he’d won a prize, but needed to pay a fee in order to collect the money. He sent the money and later realized that he’d been taken. Remember…

Department of Transportation Letter Is Not A Scam

The purpose of the letter is to inform the driver that there was a request for their driving record

BISMARCK, ND — A letter that some people on social media think is a scam is actually not. The North Dakota Department of Transportation says this letter is in fact legitimate. The purpose of the letter is to inform the driver that there was a request for their driving record by an insurance company, current employer or prospective employer. State law…