Mandan News

Residents victims of scams

By Dustin White
Mandan News, editor

With summer having been in full swing, scam artists were busy running their various cons. While most go under the radar, a few are picked up, and victims loose out considerably. In the last couple of weeks, two residents from Mandan found themselves having fallen prey to such charlatans.

A 64-year-old Mandan woman had been contacted by an individual claiming to be associated with Publisher’s Clearing House.

Having been told that she had won, she was directed to send a number of money orders in order to secure the winnings. In the process, she lost $1,040.

In a separate incident, a 58-year-old Mandan man was contacted by a person who identified themselves as being from the IRS.

He was told that he owed one thousand dollars. The caller threatened that if this individual did not make the payment, authorities would be called and he would be arrested.

Being directed to purchase a Green Dot money card for $500, he did so and then contacted the caller in order to gave them the code.

He did so, but then the caller instructed him to purchase a second card for $500. Telling the caller that he did not have the funds to do so, he found himself being threatened. It was at this point the he realized that he was a victim of a scam.

With these cases having been reported to the Mandan Police Department, they would like to remind residents that if one wins a legitimate prize, there should be no need to have to send money in order to receive it, nor does the IRS contact people by phone in order to ask them make payments via money cards.

Instead, residents should be suspicious of anyone who calls and asks to have money sent to them through money cards. If residents do receive such calls, they should hang up, and contact the Police Department.