Fargo area scam serves as warning to the rest of us

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There’s a phone scam going one right now in the Fargo-Moorhead area that should also serve as a warning to anyone in North Dakota.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says there is someone making calls to victims and identifying himself as a Cass County Lieutenant. He tells the victims they missed jury duty and a “civil sanction” will be imposed if they don’t pay a fine.

The caller demands immediate payment of the fine via a “green dot card,” which is a pre-paid or secured payment debit card.

The scammer has his victims meet at night at the Cass County Law Enforcement Center address to turn over the card.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says it will never call and demand immediate payment of any fine or meet late at night to collect a pre-paid card for payment of a fine.

This goes for any law enforcement agency around the state, as well as any local, state and federal agency.

Legal issues are typically handled via U.S. mail.

If you receive a call from someone demanding immediate payment for anything via gift cards or prepaid cards, report the caller and number to local law enforcement or the North Dakota Attorney General’s office.

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