Bismarck resident says scammers used sexting claim as bait

A Bismarck resident says they received a call from someone claiming to be Deputy Michael Brady with Burleigh County Sheriff's Department.
The caller told the man he was involved in a sexting case with a 17-year-old and asked questions as if they were investigating the case.
The man was then asked to call the victim's father.
The father then asks for $1,8000 in counseling fees. 
The person claims they'll press charges if they're not paid.
You should call local law enforcement if you think you're a victim of a scam.

Tips for Dealing with Scammers:

When dealing with scammers, keep your distance. By responding, you give them another opportunity to potentially steal pieces of information from you that could result in identify theft.

Here are some general rules of thumb for phone scams:

·         Don’t be pressured into making fast decisions 

·         Take time to research the organization 

·         Check them out on, search online, etc.

·         Never provide your personal information (address, date-of-birth, banking information, ID numbers) to people you do not know.

·         Don’t click on links from unsolicited email or text messages.

·         If you are unsure about a call or email that claims to be from your bank, utility company, etc., call the business directly using the number on your bill or credit card.

·         Never send money by wire transfer or prepaid debit card to someone you don’t know or haven’t met in person.

·         Never send money for an emergency situation unless you can verify the emergency. 


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