SCAMMERS

Fargo Police Warn of Face Mask Scams

If you suspect a scam, report it to the FTC.

FARGO, N.D.–The Fargo Police Department is warning residents about buying facemasks and other health products from unfamiliar online sources. Police say dozens of people, including healthcare workers, have reported paying for facemasks and toilet paper online and then never receiving the items. Scammers take the money and then cut off all contact, refuse to answer questions and deactivate websites. Police…

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…

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…

National Guard Monitors Social Media for Scams

The Minnesota National Guard patrols for fake profiles who may try to use a soldier's identity

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota National Guard has assigned someone to monitor social media. They are concerned about scammers using soldiers’ identities on Facebook and other places. The U.S. Army receives hundreds of reports each month from people being victimized by criminals stealing a soldier’s identity. Minnesota National Guard Master Sgt. Blair Heusdens patrols Facebook for fake profiles. He…

City of Fargo Warning People About Phone Scammers

If you receive one of these calls, hang up and contact the North Dakota Attorney General's Office

  FARGO, ND — City of Fargo officials are warning everyone about two phone scams. A business received a call from someone claiming to work for the city threatening to cut power if they didn’t pay their electricity bill. The city of Fargo does not provide electricity. In the second scam, a person pretending to be a city worker was…

Be on the Lookout for Fake Tickets, Fake Sellers

The BBB and the Vikings are giving tips on how to guarantee your ticket will be valid

FARGO, ND — Minnesota Vikings fans are getting ready for the start of the season on Monday but are being asked to watch out for fake ticket sellers. The Better Business Bureau says if you get tricked into purchasing a fake ticket, you’ll be asked to leave the stadium without getting to see the game. The BBB and the Vikings…

Scammers Targeting Cass County Electric Customers

Some customers are also reporting fake representatives showing up at their door

FARGO, N.D. — Cass County Electric Cooperative officials want to warn their customers of a recent string of phone scams. The scammers allegedly call customers and threaten to disconnect their service if immediate payment isn’t made. Officials said if you get these calls, hang up, and let your service providers know. Legitimate providers will usually ask for payments by mail…