Local non-profit has phone number spoofed by scammers


We’ve all gotten those pesky scam calls before.

Often times, they’re from a random, unknown phone number.

But ‘spoofing’ apps allow scammers to use whatever phone number they choose, including ones you may recognize.

“I’ve actually had my own work-issued phone number,” Crime Prevention Officer Aaron Moss said. “I got a text message from a business on my work phone asking if I’ve been calling them and asked if I wanted to contract with them for services and I had no idea who they were.”

Toll-free numbers for the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch have recently been spoofed, too.

Scammers have been repeatedly calling residents telling those who answer that they’ve won money.

The president and CEO, Joy Ryan, said in a statement, “to have our phone numbers used to mislead folks is a real violation of our reputation and the trust we have built with our friends and neighbors. We want everyone to know that these irritating calls are not really coming from us. We are much nicer people than whoever is doing this.”

Unfortunately, Moss said, there’s not much people can do about having their numbers spoofed or called by scammers.

“If you pick up the phone and you think somebody’s trying to scam you, the best offense is to just hang up or not even answer the call,” Moss said.

KX News has even been getting calls with numbers we know like financial institutions or even Minot Public Schools.

After searching through the logs, there’s a long list of calls. It’s easy to tell which ones are scammers because of how short the call lasts before someone hangs up.

This time of year, Moss said to also be on the lookout for income tax scams where people are contacted about refund issues and hand over their information to “fix” it.

Click here to visit the ND Attorney General’s consumer protection page about common scams.

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