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Beware of Scams During Holiday Season


It's not just the season for giving--it's also a time for taking.

Parrell Grossman with Consumer Protection says he sees an increase in scams this time of year.

This is just one example. A Bismarck woman received this letter claiming she won a few thousand dollars from a British lottery.

They even included a check for her to cash worth close to 39-hundred dollars.

Grossman says people can be left feeling desperate for money or giving this time of year.

"Pick up the phone, call the Attorney General's Office, call a loved one, a family member ask your neighbor if they know something about it but please be extra cautious around the holiday's because it's just a great time for con artists. If it wasn't they wouldn't be making all these contacts at Christmas," says Parrell Grossman with Consumer Protection."

Here is a photo of the check sent to the Bismarck woman.

It looks authentic.

Grossman says these checks will cash--but you'll be left paying the bill.

"What will happen is your bank will notify you in about two weeks that that's a fraudulent check and you've already wired that money and your never going to get it back and now your bank is going to say, Mr. Grossman, we need that two-thousand dollars put back in your account and it's going to be you that put's it back in," says Parrell Grossman.

Consumer Protection


Grossman says to remember strangers don't send you checks.

If you have any questions call Consumer Protection toll free at 800-472-2600.

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