Conrad warns of scam targeting North DakotansSen, Kent Conrad today is warning North Dakotans of scam artists targeting North Dakotans by claiming to be collecting money for the families of U.S. service members.
Sen, Kent Conrad today is warning North Dakotans of scam artists targeting North Dakotans by claiming to be collecting money for the families of U.S. service members.
"Con artists are despicable enough, but to try and scam people under the guise of helping our troops is as low as you can go," Senator Conrad said.
Conrad was alerted to the scam by a West Fargo constituent who received a telephone call from a woman calling herself "Abby." The woman falsely claimed to work for Conrad and said she was collecting money for the children of service members. The caller then asked for a donation. The constituent became suspicious, and when she pressed for additional information, "Abby" hung up.
Conrad does not employ anyone named Abby. Scam artists will often use familiar names or reputable organizations to lure consumers into thinking they are dealing with a legitimate organization.
Conrad suspects the scam artist will try a similar ruse with other North Dakotans and has reported the call to the North Dakota Attorney General's Office.
"There are numerous legitimate organizations supporting U.S. military personnel and their families, and I encourage North Dakotans to support these organizations if they have the means. But, as this latest scam proves, it's important to do your homework first," Conrad said.
Anyone who suspects they have been a victim of this scam, or any other, should contact the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General’s Office at 1-800-472-2600.