The West Fargo Police Department is warning the public of a scam using the department’s phone number.

In the scam residents are contacted by phone and told they have warrants – or owe money as part of a drug investigation.  The suspect asks the recipient to buy gift cards from area stores and then give the card numbers to the scammers over the phone.

The scammers are able to make the phone number they are calling from appear to be the West Fargo Police Department’s number – a practice called spoofing. One resident was scammed $500 through this process.

The West Fargo Police Department will never ask anyone to buy gift cards to pay off warrants or any other items.

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