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Phone Scam Going Around North Dakota

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The Fargo Police Department and the State Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division is warning North Dakotans about another phishing scam. Several people are reporting getting a recorded phone call saying their account has been locked because of suspicious activity, and they should dial "1" for more information.

Some specifically name Gate City Bank, others claim it is a problem with your Visa or Master Card. If you stay on the phone, you will be asked to enter your credit card or bank account information.

This scam is another variation of the "phishing scams." It's designed to trick you into giving out the account or credit card information, but remember never to respond to messages like this, even if you think it's legitimate. Instead, call the customer service number printed on the back of your bank or credit card statement, and contact them directly to confirm suspicious activity.

The scam artists use random dialer equipment, which is why some people are reporting receiving these calls on their cell phones or on the phone numbers registered on the "do not call" list. The scam artists are located outside of North Dakota, which puts them  beyond the reach of state and local law enforcement agencies.

One of the phone numbers being used is 830-504-8875, but Gate City Bank reports there are more being used.  If you get called, do not respond with personal or financial information and report it right away to the following agencies:

  • The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at 1-877-382-4357
  • North Dakota Attorney General Consumer Protection Agency at 1-800-472-2600

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