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Bismarck woman loses $98,000 in scam

Bismarck woman loses $98,000 in scam


A Bismarck woman is out $98,000 after responding to a scam caller who said his company had deposited too much money into her account.

The woman, 78, reported to police on Thursday that she overnighted cash to the fake company several times, Bismarck Police Officer Lynn Wanner said.

The caller told the woman there was a mistake with deposits made into her account and asked her to correct the mistakes by sending money. The woman over the course of a month withdrew amounts of $15,000 to $19,000 and sent cash with next-day delivery, Wanner said.

Investigations into such incidents are difficult, Wanner said, because "there’s nothing that can be tracked, no way to know who even picked it up."

Reach Travis Svihovec at 701-250-8260 or


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