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American Water Resources Not Affiliated with City of Fargo

If you should have any question about your property's water and sewer service line and how it relates to the services offered by American Water Resources of North Dakota, Inc. please feel free to contact the Fargo Public Works Department at (701) 241-1453. More>>

North Dakota Contractors Accused of Fraud

George Nelson III and Karla Nelson already are charged in South Dakota, and George Nelson has been incarcerated in Minnesota for a similar scam. More>>

BBB Reports Increase in "Tech Support" Scam Calls

The BBB is urging people not to be fooled by these calls, as they are not legitimate and are designed to either solicit credit card numbers or gain remote access to computers, which could lead to personal or financial information being compromised. More>>

Phishing Scams Increase After Christmas

Our love affair with mobile devices grew tremendously this past holiday, but with it come some old headaches and potential dangers. More>>

Schemes & Rip Offs: Energy Savings Scam

The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) has noted a spike in complaints against Power4Home Pro, a solar and wind energy manufacturing company which claims on their website they can teach people how to "slash their power bill or eliminate it completely." More>>

Schemes & Rip Offs: Home Deed Letter Scam

Homeowners nationwide are receiving letters asking them to pay upwards of $80 to obtain a certified copy of their property deed. What the mailings don't mention is that deeds are available from the county for a few dollars or less. 
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Water Treatment System Scam

Officials have seen a rise in complaints about deceptive sales pitches for water treatment systems, following investigations of groundwater contamination in Washington County and elsewhere in Minnesota. More>>

Schemes & Rip Offs: America's Worst Scams

The economy may be struggling, but the fraud business is booming. Fraud and ID theft complaints are up sharply. Consumer Reports says scam artists are cleverly exploiting all kinds of new technology to rip you off. More>>

Phone Scam Going Around North Dakota

The Fargo Police Department and the State Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division is warning North Dakotans about another phishing scam aimed at stealing your money.
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Grandparent Scam on the Rise Again

Seniors are often a top target for scammers, so it's important they know how to identify signs of potential scams. Chief among these fraudulent schemes is the "Grandparent Scam." More>>

Schemes & Rip Offs: Black Friday Advice

The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota is offering tips to people planning on taking advantage of Black Friday deals. More>>

Schemes & Rip Offs: BBB Launches Scam Stopper Website

According to the Federal Trade Commission and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, consumers reported losing more than $1.5 billion to all types of scams in 2011. More>>

Schemes & Rip Offs: Hurricane Sandy Scams

Every time disaster hits, scammers are close behind. There's always someone trying to cash in on the desperation of those rebuilding after the storm and the goodwill of Americans who want to help. More>>

Schemes & Rip Offs: Fake Anti-Virus Warnings

Internet security experts have noticed a fast-growing trend - scammers trying to snare well-intentioned consumers with fake anti-virus warnings and malware. More>>

Don't Get Tricked When Buying Halloween Treats

When shopping at seasonal Halloween stores, it's important to exercise caution. The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) advises shoppers to read the fine print to avoid fly-by-night costume vendors. More>>

Schemes & Rip Offs: Social Media Scams

The Better Business Bureau is warning people of two new scams targeting social media.  The crooks are using its popularity and our curiosity to try and hack into our computers.
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Tech Support Scam

There's a new computer scam that's tricked tens of thousands of people into giving up personal information to scammers posing as technical support employees. More>>

Schemes & Rip Offs: Romance Scam

Carolyn Benningfield says she had the all-American life - an Air Force husband, two sons, and a middle class home.  But after her husband died three years ago, she felt lonely. More>>

Schemes & Rip Offs: Letter Targets MN Companies

Though the company makes reference to Minnesota statutes in these mailings, Minnesota Corporate Minutes Company is not a government agency, nor are they associated with any government agency. More>>

Schemes & Rip Offs: Visual Voicemail Scam

Fake "visual voicemail" emails are making the rounds. These emails appear to contain a new voicemail message, but click the attachment and you'll end up at a scam website. More>>

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  • American Water Resources Not Affiliated with City of Fargo

    American Water Resources Not Affiliated with City of Fargo

    The City of Fargo would like to notify property owners that American Water Resources of North Dakota, Inc. has begun an informational mailing campaign to Fargo property owners offering water and sewer
    If you should have any question about your property's water and sewer service line and how it relates to the services offered by American Water Resources of North Dakota, Inc. please feel free to contact the Fargo Public Works Department at (701) 241-1453.
  • North Dakota Contractors Accused of Fraud

    North Dakota Contractors Accused of Fraud

    Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem today issued a Cease and Desist Order against George Donald Nelson III and Karla Ann Nelson, doing business as Baron Buildings, LLC, and AG Pro Buildings, LLC, for violations
    George Nelson III and Karla Nelson already are charged in South Dakota, and George Nelson has been incarcerated in Minnesota for a similar scam.
  • BBB Reports Increase in "Tech Support" Scam Calls

    BBB Reports Increase in "Tech Support" Scam Calls

    Burnsville, Minnesota – January 17, 2013 – The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is noting an uptick in reports of the "Tech Support" scam. Consumers have contacted the BBB in
    The BBB is urging people not to be fooled by these calls, as they are not legitimate and are designed to either solicit credit card numbers or gain remote access to computers, which could lead to personal or financial information being compromised.
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