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Phone Scammer Posing As Ramsey Co. Sheriff’s Office

The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to beware of calls from a scam artist posing as a member of the sheriff’s office. Officials say several citizens have reported receiving phone calls from someone asking them to settle up unpaid warrants by placing money on a prepaid card.

12/09/2014

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Minneapolis Police Warn Of Scam Using MPD’s Phone Number

Minneapolis police are warning the public of a scam that uses the department’s phone number. Police say they’ve received reports from people who said they were contacted by someone claiming to be with the IRS. The caller ID shows the Fifth Precinct main number: 612-673-5705.

12/02/2014

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Scam Phone Calls Targeting U Of M Students, Asking For Money

University of Minnesota police say there has recently been a string of scam phone calls targeting students, asking them to pay legal fees or overdue taxes. According to the university, the caller will identify themselves as a police officer, or FBI agent, and tell the potential victim they have overdue legal fees.

09/25/2014

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8,000 Get Bum Notices Of Health Care Cancellations

More than 8,000 low-income Minnesotans received erroneous notices that their health coverage would be temporarily canceled if they don’t pay up. A July 17 notice warned MinnesotaCare subscribers that they faced a four-month coverage lockout if they failed to renew their policy through the state’s new health insurance exchange by month’s end.

07/28/2014

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Where To Buy A Cheap Car Online

In place of tiny columns with cryptic abbreviations of a car’s conditions, the Internet boasts searchable listings with generous detail and expansive photo galleries.

06/16/2014

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Caller Impersonating Deputy, Demanding ‘Jury Duty’ Fee

The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a scam in which a man impersonates a deputy and tricks victims into paying a hefty fee for their failing to serve jury duty.

04/22/2014

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Man Pleads Guilty In $5M Staged Accidents Scam

A Dallas-area man has pleaded guilty to fraud in a $5 million staged traffic accident scheme since 2005. Prosecutors in Dallas say 61-year-old Leroy Nelson of DeSoto pleaded guilty to mail fraud and to engaging in illegal monetary transactions.

03/19/2014

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BBB Warns Of ‘1-Ring’ Phone Call Scheme

If you receive a call from area codes belonging to places like Grenada or Antigua and the phone only rings once, the Better Business Bureau warns not to call back. According to the BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota, the calls are part of a scheme being perpetrated by scammers who anticipate victims’ curiosity getting the better of them.

02/04/2014

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Fake Target Discount Emails Link To Fraudulent Sites

Target is apologizing to customers for its widespread data breach by offering a discount to everyone this weekend. But on Saturday, some of the emails customers received may have been part of a phishing scam. According to the Wall Street Journal, fake emails were sent out Saturday that looked close to the real ones. But instead of linking people to credit bureau websites, the sites were fraudulent.

12/21/2013

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Mpls. Officials: Beware Of Scam Targeting Xcel Customers

City officials want residents and businesses to know of a scam targeting Xcel Energy customers. The scammers impersonate Xcel Energy employees and tell victims that they are late on a payment and that they need to make one immediately. And if the victims refuse to do so, the scammers say they’ll shut off their power.

11/26/2013

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4 Tips To Guard Against Vikings Ticket Scammers

Before you purchase tickets to the Vikings 2013 home opener – the final season at the Metrodome – here’s what the Better Business Bureau wants you to know. Buy tickets from a reputable online ticket broker, such as the official NFL online ticket exchange. Apply common sense — if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.

09/19/2013

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Scam Targeted At Babysitters

Wisconsin consumer protection specialists are warning about a scam targeted at nannies or babysitters.

03/30/2013

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Woman Sentenced In Minn. For Hurricane Katrina Scam

A woman has been sentenced for taking $8,600 in FEMA relief after Hurricane Katrina, despite the fact that she was living in subsidized housing in Minnesota at the time.

03/11/2013

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Minn. Tax Department Warns Of Refund Scam

State officials are warning of a scam by a group posing as the Minnesota Department of Revenue that uses claims of tax refunds as bait to obtain personal data.

02/26/2013

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Minn. Officials Warn Of Water Treatment Scams

The state Department of Health is warning Minnesotans to be wary of scam artists selling water treatment systems.

12/27/2012

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