Fraud and Scams

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Frauds and scams are aimed at just about everyone.

“With a lot of the scams that we have reported to us, it truly is around all age groups,” said Consumer Fraud Investigator Tonya Hetzler

Nathalie Gomez reporting: “In 2017 the North Dakota attorney general consumer protection division received 123 impostor victim scam reports, resulting in the loss of 1.8 million dollars.”

ewe received a phone call about a month ago supposedly from our grandson,” said local resident Gerald Deibert. 

This is known as the grandparent scam, where the scammer plays off as a grandchild in a desperate plea for money. 

“In the end he was asking for 7 to 8 thousand dollars of borrowed money and we knew it wasn’t him,” said Deibert.

Things like identity theft, Credit card information, and tax collection scams have all been reported in North Dakota. 

“With any of the mail solicitations again it would be a matter of checking them out before responding to make sure it’s legitimate,” said Hetzler.

Knowing the signs and red flags on how to detect scams is crucial. 

Another example that we’re seeing is we call the utility scam,” said senior patrol officer Aaron Moss.

A person will call pretending to be a utility company threatening your electricity will be shut down if you don’t pay right way. 

“We would all like to think that this stuff doesn’t exist or that it doesn’t happen here and it does,” said Hetzler.  

Experts say if it doesn’t feel right simply say no. 

If you fall victim to a scam or detect one call local law enforcement encourages you to report it.

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