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Bemidji Police confirm financial scam

The Bemidji Police Department has confirmed that a financial scam has been circulating through the community.

Bemidji Police Chief Mike Mastin issued a release Thursday that the department has received several complaints from citizens regarding suspicious text messages and emails from entities claiming to be financial institutions. The messages ask that people call a telephone number and verify account information.

“Financial institutions do not request account verification or information via email or text message,” Mastin said in the release.

People who are contacted and asked to call a specific number and verify their account information are advised to contact their financial institution directly and not through the number or email provided.

Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues for The Bemidji Pioneer in Bemidji, Minnesota. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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