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Scammers Target West Fargo’s Sheyenne High School And Local Businesses

a company claiming to be Sports Media Marketing encourages the businesses to pay hundreds of dollars for marketing

WEST FARGO, N.D. — Sheyenne High School is being associated with a scam targeting area businesses. West Fargo School District officials say a company claiming to be Sports Media Marketing encourages the businesses to pay hundreds of dollars for marketing at sporting events, on t-shirts and billboards. The school district says it is not a legitimate offer associated with the district,…

Kingpin of Jamaican Lottery Scam Investigated in ND Gets 6 Years

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A Jamaican man who authorities said masterminded a lottery scam that defrauded at least 95 mostly elderly Americans out of more than $5.8 million has been sentenced to six years in federal prison. Prosecutors said 29-year-old Lavrick Willocks operated the scam out of a Jamaica mansion. They eventually charged 27 people and identified victims in several…

Scam Uses Cass County Sheriff’s Office Phone Numbers

People are being told either that their grandson is in jail and they need to bail him out or a warrant is out for their arrest

FARGO, N.D. — A scam is ‘spoofing’ the Cass County Sheriff’s Office main line and the jail line. The call being placed appears to come from a legitimate source. People are being told either that their grandson is in jail and they need to bail him out or a warrant is out for their arrest. They are then told to buy…

Cass County Sheriff Warns Public About Phone Scam

An individual is contacting victims identifying himself as a Cass County Lieutenant at which time notifies them they missed jury duty and a civil sanction will be imposed if payment is not received.

CASS COUNTY, ND –The Cass County Sheriff’s Office wishes to inform the public of a scam that is making the rounds through the F-M Area.  An individual is contacting victims identifying himself as a Cass County Lieutenant at which time notifies them they missed jury duty and a civil sanction will be imposed if payment is not received.    They…

Polk County Authorities Warn About Lotto Scam

letter is being sent to people from the International Lotto Commission

POLK COUNTY, Minn. — Polk County authorities are warning people about a Publishers Clearing House scam. A letter is being sent to people from the International Lotto Commission telling them they have won a large amount of money. They are sent a check and told to contact the branch office but to keep it strictly confidential until the cash prize…

Mother of Jamaican Lottery Mastermind Reaches Plea Deal in Bismarck Case

In the plea deal, prosecutors will drop fraud and money laundering charges

  BISMARCK, ND — The mother of a Jamaican man, who allegedly scammed North Dakotans out of thousands of dollars in a lottery scam, is pleading guilty. Dahlia Hunter, the mother of alleged scam mastermind, Lavrick Willocks, is pleading guilty to conspiracy charges. Authorities say Willocks used his mother’s mansion to operate the scam that took $5.7 million from at…

Watch Out: A Reshipping Scam is Happening in the Metro

These websites are not only involving people in illegal activity but they are giving them false hope of employment

FARGO, ND — A recent reshipping scam has also come up in the metro that has put certain websites under suspicion. Individuals seeking a legitimate employment opportunity are getting wrapped up in a supply chain involving stolen merchandise, or merchandise paid for with stolen credit card information. These websites are not only involving people in illegal activity but they are…

Fargo Man Sentenced in Minnesota Welfare Scam

Shelby pleaded guilty to the allegations in September

RAMSEY COUNTY, Minn. — A Fargo man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for scamming Minnesota welfare programs. Elfonzo Shelby, 47, was sentenced in Ramsey County District Court for using fake identities to swindle more than $300,000 in general assistance and food stamp benefits. Shelby pleaded guilty to the allegations in September. He used information he collected on…

More Suspects Make Pleas in Jamaican Lottery Scam

Six of them have pleaded guilty to conspiracy in the past four months

  BISMARCK, ND — Four more suspects either pleaded guilty or agreed to do so this month in a large-scale Jamaican lottery scam. That leaves 5 of the 15 defendants still scheduled for trial in January. Thirteen others have been arrested and brought to the U.S. to face charges. Six of them have pleaded guilty to conspiracy in the past…