The North Dakota Attorney General’s office is warning North Dakotans to be aware of prize scams circulating in the state.
Recently, a retired Minot area couple lost over $89,000 to a phony prize scam, a ploy that not only wiped out their savings but also cost them a bank loan they took out using their house as collateral.
According to the Attorney General’s office, the couple said the scam began several months ago when they received a phone call supposedly from the “California Gaming Commission,” telling them they had won a $1.7 million prize.
The couple was instructed not to tell anyone about their winnings.
Over the next several weeks, scammers posing as prize officials, attorneys and even a federal judge instructed the couple to send money orders and cash to cover supposed taxes and…