Bismarck Police see uptick in scam calls to residents

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Bismarck Police reported three different phone scams that stole over $20,000 from Bismarck and Washburn residents.

On September 10, a 90-year-old woman from Bismarck received a phone call stating her granddaughter was in jail and she must send money to bail her out. The woman sent two packages containing $15,000 in cash to an address in a different state.

Again, on September 12, a 80-year-old Bismarck man was called by an individual who said he was with Microsoft. The man sent him $10,000 in cash, along with $3,000 in gift cards.

On September 16, a 73-year-old Washburn woman sent money to a company claiming to be the Social Security Administration. She sent six gift cards that totaled $3,000.

The Bismarck Police Department urges residents to call the police for clarification when being asked for money of gift cards over the phone.