Scam

Avoiding Scams in Video Games, Bug Recently Found in Fortnite

Online video games are catching the attention of cyber criminals who are able to scam players. The most recent game this has happened with is the popular video game “Fortnite.” Recently Epic Games, the makers of Fortnite announced that there was a bug in their system. hackers sent out links in the game. If someone clicked on the link, it…

Minnesotans Being Warned of Insurance Fraud Scam

The Minnesota Commerce Department is warning Minnesotans of an insurance fraud scam involving individuals posing as representatives of Premier Health Plan, which earlier this year discontinued all of its health insurance products in Minnesota and nationwide. including Medicare Advantage plans. Consumers are receiving either numerous automated calls, invoices in the mail or found unauthorized charges on their bank accounts. If…

City Falls Victim to Fraud Scam, FBI Investigating

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The city is of Sioux Falls says it is the newest victim in a fraud scam. It all started when a few weeks ago, the city’s finance department received an email. It appeared to be from a legitimate vendor that city often does business with. It turns out – it was anything but. KDLT’s Allison Royal…

Tax Scams Targeting the Sioux Empire

SIOUX FALLS – Tax Day is just around the corner. Every year, scammers get a little more creative when it comes to taxes. According to Timothy Ness of Ness Tax & Bookkeeping Service, this year is no exception. It starts when a fraudster gets ahold of your personal information. “The newest scam is that the fraudsters will actually prepare a tax…

Retired South Dakota State Official Pleads Guilty In Scam

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A retired fraud investigator for the South Dakota Department of Revenue has pleaded guilty to federal charges of bank fraud and money laundering. Seventy-one-year-old Steven Knigge was accused of fraudulently asking banks in several states to wire money to an account in South Dakota belonging to him, while he was working as a state official…

North Dakota Man Accused In Minnesota Public Programs Scam

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A North Dakota man is accused of scamming Minnesota public programs out of more than $300,000. 45-year-old Elfonzo Shelby is charged in Ramsey County with identify theft and theft by swindle. Authorities say Shelby used both fake and actual identities to scam the Minnesota Department of Human Services general assistance and food stamp programs in…

Teen Scammed Out Of $400 Over Craigslist Ad Offering Dogs For Sale

Police are warning residents to do their homework after a Sioux Falls teen was scammed on Craigslist. Police say a 17-year-old answered an advertisement from a person in Maryland selling two purebred Siberian Huskies for $200 each. The teen wired the $400 to the seller, and became suspicious when the seller asked for more money. Police say the teen reported…

Police: Grandparent Scammed Out Of $4,000

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls woman was scammed out of thousands of dollars as part of what police call a grandparent scam. Police say the 80-year-old received a phone call yesterday from someone claiming to be a friend of her granddaughter. The person on the phone told the woman that her granddaughter was arrested on drug charges and…

Authorities Warn Of Scam Involving Jury Duty

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office has received several calls about attempted scams involving jury duty. The scammers tell the caller that they have missed jury duty and will need to pay a fine to avoid being arrested.  The person is instructed to buy prepaid gift cards and give the scammers the numbers from the card to…

New Scam Hitting SF Businesses With Bomb Threats

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A new scam is targeting businesses in Sioux Falls. According to police, three businesses received bomb threats through their fax machines. They say two businesses received them on Monday, and another one this morning. Police say the faxes were a little different, but all similar in nature. The faxes said that there was an explosive in…

SFPD Reminding Residents Of Scams After Woman Loses $900

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Police are reminding people that if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is.  This comes after an 87-year-old Sioux Falls woman was hit by a scam. Police say the woman received a call from someone claiming to be with Publishers Clearing House. They told her she won $2M, but that she needed…

Phony Check Thieves Steal $300,000 From Sioux Falls Business

Fireplace Professionals Thought Bank Protected Money

It’s a nightmare scenario, thieves, hundreds of miles away, writing phony checks for thousands of dollars draining your bank account. Most of us would think number one it would not happen to us and number two, the bank would recognize the fraud and protect our money. However, a Sioux Falls business is out tens of thousands of dollars, and they…

SFPD: Two SF Residents Scammed On Craigslist While Buying Puppy

SIOUX FALLS – Two Sioux Falls residents became victims of a scam while trying to buy a puppy on craigslist. Police say a 20-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man both from Sioux Falls wired money to a business in Texas advertising puppies for sale. Sometime after sending $500 for a Boston Terrier via moneygram, the two reached out to the…