Coronavirus
Coronavirus Information Center
Severe weather outlook South Dakota

Virus scams North Dakotans need to watch out for amid COVID-19

State News

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to shameless opportunism among scammers. They are targeting you using coronavirus fears and concerns to try and take your money.

Here are two scams you need to watch out for in North Dakota:

Work at home scam. The North Dakota attorney general is warning about scammers who are taking advantage of the unemployment crisis created by the coronavirus pandemic.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says the scammers are creating phony websites that offer fake work-from-home opportunities.

Victims are lured into the scam with a spam email or online ad and, after completing an applications, they are offered a bogus quality control or inventory inspection job.

Stenehjem says participants are actually being used to receive and ship stolen merchandise and could be caught up in a crime. He says one scam website, Nimcare Insurance, uses a Bismarck street address, but the company doesn’t exist. 

Contact tracer scam. North Dakota Information Technology reports people claiming to be contact tracers are calling unsuspecting people and asking for personal information. It has been reported around the country but not yet here in North Dakota.

Still, to pre-empt trouble, the technology department reminds residents if you do get a call from someone saying they’re a contact tracer, a legitimate one will not ask for your Social Security number, bank or credit card number or insurance info.

If they do, hang up and contact the North Dakota Attorney General’s office or local law enforcement to report the scam.

On a positive note, it appear robocalls are down, thanks to the impact of the coronavirus.

COVID-19 has inflicted millions of job losses, and scammers have not been immune. One robocall industry expert said robocalls from India dropped by half when the pandemic lockdown went into effect.

Complaints about unwanted calls are also down.

Still, keep in mind there are still plenty of scams out there, and experts say the robocallers will probably be back in force once the shut-down call centers come back online. 

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Latest Stories

More Local News

Recent Videos

Metros Baseball

Thumbnail for the video titled "Metros Baseball"

DJGA Golf

Thumbnail for the video titled "DJGA Golf"

Monday, July 6th, 2020 - KX Storm Team Evening Forecast - Dave Holder

Thumbnail for the video titled "Monday, July 6th, 2020 - KX Storm Team Evening Forecast - Dave Holder"

Minot Fire

Thumbnail for the video titled "Minot Fire"

KX Storm Team Full Evening Forecast w/Tom Schrader 7/6

Thumbnail for the video titled "KX Storm Team Full Evening Forecast w/Tom Schrader 7/6"

Fort Lincoln

Thumbnail for the video titled "Fort Lincoln"

Uffda Booth

Thumbnail for the video titled "Uffda Booth"

Water Testing

Thumbnail for the video titled "Water Testing"

Water Intake

Thumbnail for the video titled "Water Intake"

Outdoor Seating

Thumbnail for the video titled "Outdoor Seating"

Tom's #OneMinuteForecast 7/6

Thumbnail for the video titled "Tom's #OneMinuteForecast 7/6"

Indoor Seating

Thumbnail for the video titled "Indoor Seating"

Mandan Stabbing

Thumbnail for the video titled "Mandan Stabbing"

Amber's Monday Morning #OneMinuteForecast 7/6

Thumbnail for the video titled "Amber's Monday Morning #OneMinuteForecast 7/6"

Monday's Forecast: Severe storm chances in the SW

Thumbnail for the video titled "Monday's Forecast: Severe storm chances in the SW"

Top Plays

Thumbnail for the video titled "Top Plays"

College baseball

Thumbnail for the video titled "College baseball"

Lisbon Storm Damage

Thumbnail for the video titled "Lisbon Storm Damage"

Fireworks Disposal

Thumbnail for the video titled "Fireworks Disposal"

Robert One Minute 7-5

Thumbnail for the video titled "Robert One Minute 7-5"
More Video

KX News Trending Stories

COVID Symptoms infographic

North Dakota Resources

North Dakota Resources

More Resources

Don't Miss